Royals launch mental health text service

BRITAIN’s young royals, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan, have launched a new phone messaging service to help people suffering a mental health crisis.

The two princes have been widely praised for speaking out about their own struggles with mental health struggles in the wake of the death of their mother Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997.

The new text messaging service called Shout aims to provide 24/7 support for people suffering from crises by connecting them to trained volunteers and helping them find longer-term support.


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“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day,” the four royals said in a statement.

“We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

The service is particularly aimed at younger people and using text messaging means it is silent and private, the organisers said.

As part of the launch, William appears in a video appealing for people to come forward as the service seeks to expand from 1000 to 4000 volunteers.

The initiative is one of the first to involve the quartet of royals who are joint patrons of the Royal Foundation, their primary vehicle for helping charities and good causes and which is supporting the Shout scheme.

It comes after the British media has been rife with speculation of a rift between the brothers and their wives, although there has been no public indication of any disagreements.

On Monday, Meghan, 37, and 34-year-old Harry celebrated the birth of their first child Archie, with William, 36, and Kate, 37, saying they were absolutely thrilled at the news.

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