Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Launch New Initiative Together
The 'Fab Four' are joining forces to bring a new project called 'Shout' to the UK. The text line will offer anonymous and free mental health support via text message and will be operated mainly by volunteers.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine, together with Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan (who recently welcomed a baby boy!) are launching a new project which is very close to their hearts. 'Shout' is an affiliate of Crisis Text Line, which has been successfully running in the United States for five years already. In the UK, 'Shout' will be totally free and confidential and offers mental health support for those who want it - all via text message.
'Shout' is part of the legacy of 'Heads Together'
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3 years ago Catherine, Harry and I kicked off the Heads Together campaign with our fantastic charity partners. As part of the legacy of the @heads_together campaign we wanted to do our bit to make it easier for people to start to get the help they need. The Royal Foundation has made its biggest ever investment to do just that. And we want you to be a part of it. @giveusashoutinsta is a new textline that supports people who need advice in a tough moment. It operates 24-7, and connects people to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed, enabling them to move from crisis to calm and to find longer term support. At the heart of Shout will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. I hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special — The Duke of Cambridge
Prince William: "We are incredibly excited..."
Prince William introduced the new initiative, which has been generously funded by The Royal Foundation, with a video message on Instagram on Friday, May 10th. A couple of pictures from the headquarters of 'Shout' were also shared and the message from the Duke of Cambridge was very positve and clear: "We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day."
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"We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future. At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special." — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the launch of @GiveUsAShoutInsta. Shout is a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis. It operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support. As texting is private and silent, it opens up a whole new way to find help. It provides instant support - you can have a conversation at any time – at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere. This service is for everyone, but for younger people especially, texting is a trusted and familiar form of communication, and using text rather than apps makes it simple and accessible for everyone with a phone. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers who are at the heart of the service. They are trained to create a safe space for people experiencing mental health challenges. The programme is unique with the training and volunteering all done online, under the supervision of qualified clinicians. Working remotely, volunteers are part of a supportive and connected online community of 1,000, with the ambition of boosting that community to 4,000 by the end of the year. Interested in volunteering? Visit @GiveUsAShoutInsta or the link in our bio to find out more.