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People with existing mental health needs

If you already live with a mental health problem, you may now find yourself without the support or routine you usually have access to. On the other hand, you may be very familiar with the impact of stress on your mind and body, and have some strategies for coping. You may already have a care plan or a plan to keep yourself safe when your mental health is worse.

When we are under severe stress it is often hard to remember how to help ourselves – so if you have a plan, keep it somewhere you can see it – and if you don’t, now is a good time to make one.

Further advice on looking after yourself during the current situation:


Local mental health services

The Independence Trust is commissioned by us to provide two services in Gloucestershire:

Community Advice, Links and Mental Health Support (CALMHS) is available to provide phone support to existing clients and to anyone in Gloucestershire who is concerned about their mental health.

Community Autism Support and Advice (CASA) is available to adults with autism whose needs cannot be met by mainstream services or other specialist services alone.

Visit www.independencetrust.co.uk for more information or call 0345 868 8323.


Crisis support services

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call the crisis team 0800 169 0398. The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find more information at www.ghc.nhs.uk/crisis Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. If so, staff will return their call within one hour.


You can call any time, day or night, all year on 116 123. An email service also available at jo@samaritans.org. Face to face service is not available at present. 

Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline

Provided by Rethink Mental Illness. If you feel like harming yourself, or are feeling very emotionally distressed, the Helpline can offer confidential, non-judgmental telephone support, webchat and text support 5pm-10pm every day. Call 0808 801 0606, text 07537 41002 or webchat at www.gloucestershireselfharm.org

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