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Don't be afraid to ask for help this Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week, NHS services in the county are encouraging people to seek support with their mental health and wellbeing and not to put off asking for help.

There is a concern nationally, that due to the coronavirus outbreak people are putting off visiting their GP or contacting health services.

However, NHS professionals in Gloucestershire have said the message is clear - the NHS is still here for you and available to provide treatment and support.

The public are being reminded that you can access support in a number of ways. For example, a 24-hour a day, seven day a week helpline is now available for anyone in Gloucestershire experiencing mental health distress and needing urgent support or advice.

The service is available by ringing 0800 169 0398. The line is staffed by mental health professionals who can offer guidance and advice to help you or someone you care for through the initial stages of a mental health crisis.

Other sources of support for mental health and wellbeing both locally in Gloucestershire and nationally are as follows:

For all ages

  • Your GP or NHS 111
  • Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline Call 0808 816 0606 or text 07537 410 022. A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self-harm, their friends, families and carers. Open every day 5pm - 10pm for phone and text support. www.gloucestershireselfharm.org 
  • Samaritans on 116 123 or www.samaritans.org 
  • Shout is the UK's first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text Shout to 85258. www.giveusashout.org 
  • Every Mind Matters https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ 

For adults

  • Let's Talk for support with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and phobias. 0800 073 2200 www.letstalkglos.nhs.uk 
  • Anyone over 18 in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform - Qwell - at www.qwell.io. Chats can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.
  • Mind. Information, advice and support for people with mental illness and their carers. 0300 123 3393. www.mind.org.uk.
  • Independence Trust. Support for individuals, families and communities with concerns about mental health, alcohol or drugs. 0345 863 8323. www.independencetrust.co.uk 
  • Mental Health Matters. 0808 145 4507. www.mhm.org.uk 

For young people

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