The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex team up to launch a 24-hour mental health text message service called Shout.
The service is available 24 hours a day, any day for those struggeling with mental illnesses. The program pairs users with trained volunteers to help those who need it. Shout is part of the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together initiative, a campaign established in 2016 by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and then Prince Harry (now the Duke of Sussex)that works with a variety of charities to break the stigma around coversations surrounding mental health issues.
All four of them released a joint statement about the service:
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.
Shout already has a volunteer base of 1,000, but hope to increase that to 4,000 by the end of the year. Shout was launched in partnership with the U.S.’s Crisis Text Line. Residents of the U.K. can visit giveusashout.org to learn more. Residents of the U.S. should visit crisistextline.org.