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.
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