Princes William and Harry, Kate and Meghan launch new project together

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William And Kate Middleton Launch Their First Project Together

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William And Kate Middleton Launch Their First Project Together

But Prince William and Duchess Kate and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan found time this week to announce they are backing a new text messaging service in the United Kingdom to help people experiencing mental health problems.

Harry, Meghan, Kate and William attended the first annual Royal Foundation Forum together in 2018.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan began meeting with volunteers for Shout as far back as last November.

"Catherine, Harry, Meghan, and I have been able to see the service working up close and are very excited for its future", he said, before taking the opportunity to invite people in the United Kingdom to apply as a volunteer crisis counsellor. You can have a conversation anywhere, at anytime: at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere.

Their new Shout initiative is a partnership with the USA -based Crisis Text Line.

"The service is free to use, anonymous, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week".

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle", Harry said in 2017, crediting William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

"Earlier past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners", they said in a statement on Instagram.

"As texting is private and silent, it opens up a whole new way to find help", the Duke said in a launch video for the service.

She said: "For the last few years, I've been focusing much of my work on the importance of prevention in the earliest years of life to help avoid problems in later life".

The duke also appealed for more people to join as volunteers, who are supported by clinically trained supervisors.

"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". They must be over the age of 18, have access to a secure internet service and be able to commit to 25 hours of training with two to four hours of volunteer work each week. "We hope that many of you will join us and be part of something very special".

Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William are members of one of the most recognised family's in the world, so it's understandable that they would have plenty of staff on hand to help with the day-to-day running of their lives.

The inspiring service backed by the royals will see volunteers (supported by clinical professionals) on hand to reply to texts from people suffering from mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse, bullying or relationship problems.

Also operating in the United Kingdom is an organization called Samaritans, which operates a mental heath crisis phone line and email service using 20, 000 volunteers who answer more than 5 million calls a year, the equivalent of one every six seconds.

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