School Refuser - The Blog

Monday, 11 May 2020

Shout - a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for peoplewho feel they need immediate support

Shout is a 24/7 UK crisis text service available for times when people feel they need immediate support. By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ a Texter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to them using trained techniques via text. The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feeling better..
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day.
Shout exists in the US as ‘Crisis Text Line’, but this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK.
The anonymised data we collate gives us unique insights into mental health trends to help improve people’s lives.

If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, text Shout to 85258.

If your life is in imminent danger, please call 999.
Shout can help with urgent issues such as:
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Abuse or assault
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Relationship challenges
Shout is particularly busy right now with young people who are experiencing anxiety over the lifting on Lock Down and what this might mean about returning to school

For information on how the service works, see: 

Monday, 13 April 2020

Life under Covid-19

A message from Linda

Hi all If you are reading this, the pandemic has probably eased, as I am sure non of you are currently worried about School Refusal when you have more worrying things to dwell on. I wish you all well during these uncertain and ever changing times. 

Who would have known when the year first started that we'd be faced with this. If your son/daughter has anxiety, these can be even more difficult times for them. On the other hand some find slight comfort in knowing they are not alone and everyone is feeling anxious. The irony is not lost on families. 

The other aspect is that many children will now be schooled at home, which is not the same as having a school refuser at home, but it means that in the future, teachers, schools and families will be more set up to cater for a school refusing student. Perhaps in the future schools will be able to use those resources and technology to make contact with any student at home for health reasons, both physical and mental. 

It is a small glimmer of hope in what are otherwise dire circumstances. Please take care....assure your anxious child that this will pass and life will get bak on track. 

Stay home and stay safe. Thoughts with everyone in this age of Covid-19. 

Linda xx