Depression, Anxiety and Stress

How to Manage Stress

Aspen Medical Practice have published an educational video, working with the Eat Real Food programme, to provide information and guidance on how to manage stress.

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Help in a Crisis

All our doctors can see you to discuss your mental health and medication in a telephone or face to face appointment.

If you are feeling suicidal, or having thoughts of self harm, please contact our receptionists who will arrange for the duty doctor to call you back.

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis outside normal working hours call the crisis teams on 0800 169 0398, selecting option 2 for Gloucester.

Please be aware you can self refer for counselling and psychological therapies through agencies listed in this section.

If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.


This could be why you're depressed or anxious | Johann Hari

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Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Gloucestershire Counselling Service provides accessible and affordable counselling to the people of Gloucestershire.

Telephone: 01453 766310



Mental Health Resources

For information and advice on adult mental health, please view our Adult Mental Health Resources leaflet.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.


Emotional Support Services

Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Gloucestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC), Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) & TICplus (TIC+) Partnership are working together to provide counselling and emotional support to children and young people, families and adults via a self-referral route. The pathway offers a range of potential options to support mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.

Find out more

Gloucestershire Counselling Service

The GCS provides a counselling service to people living in Gloucestershire. People from all backgrounds and areas of the community may find counselling helpful at particular times in their life.

Telephone: 01453 766310


Support at The Cavern

Support at The Cavern is a support service that runs from 18:00-23:00 every day of the year, for adults struggling with mental ill health. It’s a low level, non-clinical service which provides a safe and supportive environment aiming to help people avoid crisis.

Telephone: 01452 228489



Treasure Seekers

Treasure Seekers is a place where people become the best versions of themselves. They want to see each vulnerable and disadvantaged person in Gloucester reach their full potential, and become fully engaged in the community.

Telephone: 01452 307201

Twitter: @KFTSeekers

Facebook: @KFTSeekers

Instagram: @KFTSeekers



Talking Therapies

South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies offers a variety of services to people experiencing depression/anxiety/stress and to those looking to improve their general wellbeing.

Telephone: 0117 378 4270



Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Telephone: 0300 123 3393



Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

Telephone: 0300 5000 927




SANE is a UK mental health charity working to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

SANEline (16:30-22:30 daily): 0300 304 7000

Twitter: @CharitySANE

Facebook: @charitySANE


Big White Wall

A safe community to support your mental health, 24/7.



The national OCD charity, run by and for people with experience of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


Young Minds

Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Free Text Messaging Service – 85258


harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming.


Every Mind Matters

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing. You can take this NHS quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.

Self-Help Leaflets


Hub Of Hope

The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever.


Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.



Online counselling and well-being for adults.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Guidance - Coronavirus

This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Exercise and Mental Health for Young People

This webpage explains the link between physical activity and mental health and offers some suggestions about getting started. It is for young people who want to know:

  • How being active can make you feel better.
  • How exercise can help depression and anxiety.
  • How active you need to be to feel better.


Sensory Issues

Sensory issues and needs vary widely among individuals. That’s why tools, resources, ideas, and shared experiences can be so valuable. What works for one may not work for another. Here are a few detailed resources to help persons and parents struggling to deal with sensory issues or to meet sensory needs.

How to create the perfect sensory room:

NHS Sensory Processing Hub:

Ways to deal with common sensory issues:

Gloucestershire Self Management - Live Better to Feel Better

Self-management is about finding ways, and learning techniques, which enable you to control your long-term health condition, rather than having it control you.

The Live Better to Feel Better course has been designed with you in mind, to provide you with these techniques as well as the confidence and awareness to use them appropriately.

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Telephone: 0300 421 1623



Let's Talk

Let’s Talk offers talking therapies to people aged 18 and over, registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire, who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.

Telephone: 0800 073 2200



Free anonymous online chat for young people to discuss your mental health issues.



Anyone can hit crisis point. CALM runs a free and confidential helpline and webchat – seven hours a day, seven days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.

Telephone: 0800 58 58 58



Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123



Listening Post

Listening Post offers counselling to adults in Gloucestershire suffering from emotional distress.

Telephone: 01452 383820



The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.

Telephone: 0808 808 4994 


Calm Harm

Learn to ride the wave of the self-harm urge with the free Calm Harm app to: Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.

Facebook: @calmharm

Twitter: @calmharmapp

Instagram: @calmharmapp


PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide

Suicide is the biggest killer of those under 35 in the UK. PAPYRUS wants to help build a society which speaks openly about suicide and has the resources to help young people who may have suicidal thoughts.

HopelineUK: 0800 068 41 41

Text: 0778 620 9697



Get Active, Feel Good

There are lots of different types of exercise and physical activity. The most important thing to consider, is finding something that you enjoy. Mind has some great resources on where to start.