The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have launched Shout, a free, anonymous service that connects people experiencing a mental health crisis.
TRH The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have announced the launch of @GiveUsAShout, a new 24/7 text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.
— Place2Be (@Place2Be) May 10, 2019
Today (10 May), William, Kate, Harry and Meghan have announced their support of the initiative, with £3million from their Royal Foundation, its biggest investment to date.
The free, anonymous service uses text messaging to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with volunteers.
Using text messaging, Shout offers a convenient, confidential way to seek mental health support. Simply text Shout to 85258 for help.
The initiative, ran by the charity Mental Health Innovations, trialled last year with 1,000 volunteers signed up to give support. Over the 12 month period 60,000 conversations took place.
The service helps users move from crisis to calm no matter what they are experiencing. From suicidal thoughts to relationship issues, the service is available for all ages to talk about any issue affecting their mental health.
“At the heart of @GiveUsAShout will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 10, 2019
The new initiative is now looking for more volunteers to provide support via text. All volunteers are supported by clinically trained supervisors, must be over 18, and are required to complete 25 hours of online training.
You don’t have to have endless free time to help, volunteers are asked to commit between two and four hours to the service each week.
If you are interested in volunteering for Shout, click here.