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Practitioner Health Programme Crisis Text Line

Are you despairing or even suicidal? Do you need someone to speak to right now? The crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across England. To use this service, simply text PHP to 85258.

We know that finding the right support is important, especially if you need someone to talk to right now. The aim is that every patient who texts is connected to a trained volunteer in less than five minutes to provide crisis help. They will listen to you and help you to take the next step towards feeling better.

How does it work?

The trained volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace. You’ll text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with. By asking questions, listening to you and responding with support, they will help you sort through your feelings until you both feel you are now in a calm, safe place. You might be provided with some signposting to other services offered by the Practitioner Health Programme so that you can continue to get support.

You can text free and anonymously from EE, O2, Vodafone 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. If you are texting from a Samsung Galaxy handset, you might receive a notification that you will be charged. If you’re with one of the networks above, ignore this – you won’t be charged.”