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Shout 85258 - free, 24/7 mental health text support in the UK


  • 24/7

    You can text us any time, day or night.

  • Confidential

    Your messages with us are confidential and anonymous.

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    It is free to text Shout 85258 from all major mobile networks in the UK.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with family whose son's life was saved by Shout

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to a family whose lives were changed by a text message to the Shout 85258 mental health support service. The text message was sent by a 12 year old boy who had begun experiencing severe anxiety during the pandemic. Unbeknown to his loving and supportive parents, things had become so difficult for him that one evening he decided to end his life. It was while he was standing on a bridge that he sent Shout a text message that would help him to find the help he needed.

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Half a million conversations through a pandemic

Our first ever report, "Half a million conversations through a pandemic: the power of text for providing 24/7 digital mental health support" delves into the unique mental health insights we have gleaned from our first 500,000 text conversations with people across the UK.

Discover the insights

Resources for mental wellbeing

If you're finding things tough and struggling to cope, we've got some resources that can help. Whether you're a student looking for support, or you're wanting to find ways to cope with loneliness or anxiety, take a look at our resources section for support.

Resources and support
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How Shout 85258 works

Wondering what happens when you text SHOUT to 85258? Watch this short video to find out.

What is burnout and how can you overcome it?

Burnout can affect anyone at any time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and emotionally drained, it can become harder and harder to meet constant demands in your life. But what are the signs of burnout and how can you overcome it? Read our latest blog for more.

Tips for overcoming burnout
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Struggling with winter blues?

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and how can you cope with mood changes brought on by winter? Read our latest blog for support and tips.

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You really made a difference for me tonight and I can’t thank you enough. I feel stronger to face the future.

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What kind of issues can I text Shout about?

We can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, relationship problems, bullying or if you're feeling overwhelmed.

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Meet our volunteers

When you text SHOUT to 85258, you are connected to a trained, empathetic and listening Shout Volunteer. Meet some of the people who volunteer for Shout.

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