New parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined forces with Prince William and Kate and announced the launch of their project called 'Shout'. Shout is a mental health support service that will be operating in England, aiming to connect those going through a mental health crisis with volunteers that are trained to help. The helpline will be open twenty-four hours a day and is free of use. The aim is to reach young people who are struggling with a mental health crisis, and that is why Shout operates via text messaging rather than via phone calls. Typically, younger people prefer communicating via text message, and Shout wants to provide them with a means of communication they feel comfortable with which is especially important when dealing with a mental health crisis.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a joint statement in which they said they were thrilled to be launching Shout together. The helpline has a potential of reaching thousands of people each day, and while it currently has 1000 volunteers operating, the goal is to have 4000 by the end of 2019. Shout has been running for a month already, and the Princes and their wives have been able to see first hand how well the helpline is working.
As reported by ET Online, Shout is just one part of the 'Heads Together' campaign that the royal couples have started to reduce the stigma around speaking about mental health issues. Prince Harry has teamed up with none other than Oprah Winfrey, who was one of many famous guests at his and Meghan's wedding, to create and produce a documentary series about mental health.
Prince Harry, who just welcomed his first child with Meghan, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, recently opened up about missing his mother. He was only twelve years old when the late Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in 1997, and he compared missing a mother to missing a type of security. The Duke of Sussex also said that he is so happy being a father and that his baby is his main focus.
Shout is an excellent initiative for reaching young people struggling with mental health, and the Heads Together campaign is a perfect demonstration of how much good can be done with fame and fortune.