We believe that mental health should be seen as important as physical health.

This means ensuring early access to support and services from childhood through to the end of life, with a focus on prevention and promoting good mental health and wellbeing for everyone.


In Gloucestershire, adult mental health services are provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

If you need advice or support, you should speak to your GP, or you can self-refer to the Let’s talk service, which offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and support with mental health conditions such as anxiety, low mood or depression. 

Be Well Gloucestershire

Be Well Gloucestershire is a local campaign to help when stress, anxiety, isolation and other challenges become hard to deal with. The Be Well Gloucestershire website is the start of what will be a central hub for anyone who needs help or support for themselves or a loved one. Working alongside local organisations, charities and communities, we will develop resources to enable more people to access mental health and wellbeing support for those who live in the county.

Other sources of support

Qwell – Anyone over 18 in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online chat-based platform. 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.

Every Mind Matters – expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline – a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people of all ages who self-harm, their friends, families and carers. Open every day 5pm – 10pm for webchat, phone and text support. Call 0808 816 0606 or text 07537 410 022.

Support at The Cavern,  provides listening support, low level interventions such as board games and adult colouring, inclusive activities such as quiz nights and offers a supportive environment for Gloucestershire adults. Visit the website or call 01452 307201

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, you can contact the Gloucestershire Crisis Teams or call 0800 169 0398. If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

You can also contact them by telephone: 116 123

Up to 1 in 5 women will suffer with a perinatal mental illness (those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child).

In Gloucestershire, we are working to improve access to services supporting mums and dads mental health around the time of birth.

If you need advice and support you should speak to your GP, midwife, or health visitor. They may refer you to the specialist perinatal mental health team.

Other sources of support

 

TIC+ provide anonymous chat, face-to-face and online counselling services for young people, parents and families across Gloucestershire. You can refer yourself.

Young Gloucestershire (YG) is a countywide charity that supports young people who are facing very difficult times; whether it be a disruptive home life, caring for a family member, coping with a mental health issue or substance abuse. They offer practical ways to find confidence and develop the skills needed to get on track and to move into a job, education or training.

Kooth is an online support platform for 11 to 18 year olds, with free anonymous counselling, discussion boards, online journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles. The online platform is available 24 hours a day. Counselling available 12.00pm to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends.

Chat Health is for 11 to 19 year olds. It’s a confidential text messaging service for young people to get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support on physical and mental health issues. Text 07507 333351 – it’s available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline – a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people of all ages who self-harm, their friends, families and carers. Open every day 5pm – 10pm for webchat, phone and text support. Call 0808 816 0606 or text 07537 410 022.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offer specialist mental health services for children and young people (and their families/carers) up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Services are also provided for children and young people who have health issues related to a moderate to severe learning disability. In addition, CAMHS provides a range of options so children and young people can access early help, support and advice within their schools and local communities to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Winston’s Wish is a national childhood bereavement charity which provides practical and emotional support for children, young people and those who care for them after the death of a parent or sibling. Their expert teams offer one off and ongoing bereavement support and we also provide online resources, specialist publications and training for professionals. To find out more or to contact the team via their online chat service, visit:

Freephone National Helpline: 08088 020 021, Monday-Friday 9am–5pm

ASK email service: ask@winstonswish.org

Winston’s Wish Crisis Messenger: Free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, text crisis support, text WW to 85258

Other sources of support

On Your Mind Gloucestershire 
Young Minds

Mental health and well-being on NHS.uk