The Royal Fab Four Have Teamed Up Again for an Amazing Project

Maricruz Casares
May 12, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have teamed up to launch a text messaging service for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Miguel left his role last May after 10 years in the job, which according to royal tradition, is the maximum length of service required if you hold a senior role.

Volunteers are at the heart of Shout, with a current community of 1000.

"Harry, Meghan, Catherine and I have been able to see this service working up close and are very excited for its future". "You can have a conversation at anywhere or anytime - at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere", William said.

You can send a message to the 24/7 text line in a moment of need - they've processed over 100 million messages - and a trained volunteer crisis counsellor will respond, usually within five minutes depending on traffic.

"I am incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day".

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 and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are launching a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis called Shout.

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

Lorraine Heggessey, the Royal Foundation's chief executive officer, said: "Our unique model and the influence of Their Royal Highnesses has enabled us to develop this innovative solution to tackle one of today's biggest challenges - the increasing number of people needing mental health support".

"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.

Shout was launched in partnership with Mental Health Innovations, a digital mental health charity, which is a legacy from the Heads Together campaign that William, Kate and Harry formed in 2016. 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.

On Friday, Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and new mom Meghan Markle officially announced the launch of their new joint venture, Shout.

While some might worry about a loss of intimacy in moving away from telephone crisis hotlines, Prince William pointed out some of the advantages of a text support line.

"It is also one of the reasons why the royal family has a very strong tradition, which is if you're in a senior position, you don't do more than 10 years". Already we see more celebrities, funding, [organisations], and media attention for the suicide epidemic and mental health thanks to the efforts of Diana's sons and their wives.

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