According to a statement released by Kensington Palace, the helpline, which is supported by The Royal Foundation, will be available 24/7 for anyone whose experiencing mental health problems. As soon as a person texts “Shout” to 85258 in the U.K., they’ll automatically be connected to a trained volunteer for immediate assistance.
“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day,” Meghan, 37, Harry, 34, Kate, 37, and William, 36, said in the statement. “Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future.”
“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. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special,” they continued.
By the end of 2019, Harry and his family hope to increase the number of Shout volunteers from 1,000 to 4,000. They also encourage anyone who is interested in helping others to sign up on the organization’s website.
With Shout, Harry and William wants everyone to know that there is nothing wrong with experiencing mental health problems. However, if you are going through one, then it is best to seek help immediately. “It’s OK not to be OK,” Harry said last October about experiencing depression. “When you accept a challenge is real, you can have hope. When you understand your vulnerability, you can become strong. When you are brave enough to ask for help, you can be lifted up.”
This foursome have proven themselves to be great role models time and time again!
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.