Lincolnshire launches 24/7 mental health text service, Shout to 85258
A new mental health text service, available around the clock, is now operating in South Holland.
Shout is the UK’s first free text service for anyone in need of immediate help.
Pioneered in the USA, Shout was launched in the UK by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in May 2019.
Just by texting Shout to 85258, you will be able to reach a team of volunteers who can help with issues, such as suicidal thoughts, abuse, assault, self-harming, bullying and relationship problems.
Rachel Redgrave, chairman of the Lincolnshire Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat, said: "We are delighted that Shout is now available across Lincolnshire and we are confident it will make a huge difference to many people due to the support it is able to offer.
"Finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to, and Shout aims to connect texters to a trained volunteer promptly."
Shout is provided in partnership with Crisis Text Line UK and Mental Health Innovations, connecting texters and Crisis Volunteers within a minimum of five minutes.
Ms Redgrave said: "The trained Crisis volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what the client has said and then invite them to share their feelings at their own pace.
"By asking questions, listening and responding with support, they will help you sort through clients' feelings until they are in a calm, safe place.
"In addition, volunteers may provide some information on other services that can provide further help so that clients can continue to get support."