I found this to be interesting. A group of volunteers named SHOUT have come up with a free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It is modelled on @crisistextline in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages.

The text helpline was launched yesterday with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex in attendance. It is considered as a silent and trusted way, for those experiencing mental health challenges. It will provide them private and safe space to seek help and support.

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Today in the UK, a critical new 24/7 text helpline has launched – @giveusashoutinsta This 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. This is an extension of the @heads_together initiative backed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Earlier last 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. Last November, Their Royal Highnesses also made a surprise visit to meet with a group of Shout volunteers, and participated in a panel with mental health activist @bryonygordon hearing firsthand how the volunteers have found making the connection with vulnerable texters, a majority of whom are under 25, so rewarding – helping to get them through a moment of crisis to a calmer place, and giving them courage to find longer-term support. Powered by a team of trained volunteers, Shout has already quietly enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers over the last 12 months, whom in turn have helped 60,000 people. SHOUT is modeled on @crisistextline in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages, Shout is the largest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date, in partnership with @heads_together. Tapping into the UK’s volunteer community, Shout aims to recruit 3,000 additional volunteers by the end of the year. Mobilizing a volunteer community with this innovative use of technology will go a long way in helping people get the critical help they need, often in the darkest of times, when those are privately and silently suffering and afraid to seek help. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.giveusashout.org Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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It is reported on sussexroyal Instagram page that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been part of this initiative since last year. They have also given the Shout volunteers necessary support till this moment.

According to the statement, Shout has a team of trained volunteers, who have already enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers. This have been achieved over the last 12 months, and the trained volunteers have in turn helped 60,000 people. They are looking to recruit 3,000 additional volunteers by the end of the year.

According to information on the volunteers’ website, “Shout exists in the US as ‘Crisis Text Line.’ However, this is the first time the tried and tested technology has come to the UK. The anonymised data we collate gives us unique insights into mental health trends to help improve people’s lives.”

No doubt, this techno-based intervention mechanism when offered voluntarily can save many lives at times of critical need. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.giveusashout.org

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