Who can help me?

When you’re feeling down and depressed, talking to someone can really help.

Who can help you locally

You can talk to the Samaritans about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how big or small the issue. You can drop in to or phone the local Samaritans branches in Gloucester and Cheltenham:

Gloucester
Between 9.00am and 10.00pm. Drop in or call 01452 306333.
Address: 9 Park End Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 5AT.

Cheltenham
Between 9.00am and 10.00pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday mornings). Drop in or call 01242 515777.
Address: Victoria House, Back Albert Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2HN.

24/7 helpline
You can also call and speak to someone any time you need to – the national Samaritans helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s free to call, just dial: 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or get help online .

TIC+ has information about the causes of depression and solutions.

Read more about who you can talk to in Gloucestershire:

Who you can talk to locally

Other information and online support

There are national helplines and online support for young people. You can talk to someone on the phone or chat online at any time.

If you’re under 19 you can get confidential help with depression from ChildLine. Chat online or call 0800 1111 any time for free – the call won’t show up on your phone bill.

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. Call free on 0808 808 4994 or chat live between 11am and 11pm every day. The Mix also has tips for coping with depression .

YoungMinds gives help and support to young people with depression .

If you’re a 15–24 year old man and have started feeling depressed, call CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) for advice and support on 0800 585858, daily, 5pm till midnight. It’s free and confidential. Or you can chat and get help online .

If you have been given medication for depression you can find out more on Headmeds .

PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide) supports young people who are thinking of taking their own lives. Its staff are there to help you; your call is confidential and you don’t have to say who you are. Call the helpline HOPELineUK on 0800 068 41 41.

Recommended reading books

Start with ‘Shelf Help’ in your local library – you can download the leaflet below. Look out for:

  • Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it? by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson
  • Can I Tell You about Depression? by Christopher Dowrick and Susan Martin
  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone
Cover for Shelf Help in your local library

Shelf Help in your local library

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”

– Albus Dumbledore