'Shout' text messaging helpline launches
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the launch of Shout, a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.
The tool, established by Mental Health Innovations in partnership with Crisis Text Line and supported by The Royal Foundation, was piloted in Place2Be secondary schools, allowing young people to access support 24/7 and especially during school holidays.
Crisis Text Line is already used in the USA (with 100 million messages exchanged since 2013) and now Shout is being rolled out for everyone in the UK.
The text line will be staffed by trained volunteers and overseen by experienced, qualified clinical supervisors, with robust safeguarding procedures. All texts are confidential, unless sharing with emergency services is necessary for the texter’s safety.
In a video His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge launched an appeal for people to apply as volunteers.
For information about Shout and volunteering opportunities please visit giveusashout.org
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