The Fab Four Launched a New 24/7 Text Helpline in the UK, and This Is Why It's So Important
Prince Harry might be a new dad, but he's certainly not slowing down with work when it comes to causes that are important to him.
Just 24 hours after showing off 2-day-old Archie to the world, Harry set off to the Netherlands on a short visit for the launch of the Invictus Games, where he crammed in just about every activity possible. Today, Harry, Meghan, William, and Kate launched a new 24/7 text helpline in the UK, Shout, which gives "free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way, for those experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support." On the Shout Instagram, their royal highnesses wrote that, "we are incredibly excited to be launching this service knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future."
The service is an extension of the Heads Together initiative created by William, Kate, and Harry, which Meghan is now also a part of. Heads Together was created to tackle the stigma around mental health. So far, Shout has already enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers over the past 12 months, helping 60,000 people. In an Instagram post from @Sussexroyal, it explained that Shout is modeled on the US-based Crisis Text Line, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages. The initiative hopes to have an additional 3,000 volunteers by the end of next year, to "take people from crisis to calm everyday and help them form a plan to find long-term support."