William and Kate Unite with Harry and Meghan for Their New 'Heads Together' Project
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are taking on their first project together which will help those undergoing mental health issues.
Prince William made the announcement in a video posted to Instagram on Friday. He outlined the new "Shout" program intended to provide a free helpline for persons going through difficult times and might need to talk to someone.
The 36-year-old explained that the partnership between him and his wife Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, was a source of pride for the two couples, who recently separated their households. The video is found further below.
I am proud to announce the launch of @GiveUsAShout, a new 24-7 textline that supports people who need advice in a tough moment.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 10, 2019
At the heart of Shout will be an incredible national volunteer community — I hope you will join us, and be part of something very special #GiveUsAShout pic.twitter.com/SgeCGtie1q
"3 years ago Catherine, Harry and I kicked off the Heads Together campaign with our fantastic charity partners. As part of the legacy of the @heads_together campaign we wanted to do our bit to make it easier for people to start to get the help they need."
The Heads Together campaign was started in 2016 by Harry, William, and Middleton as a means to push people to open up to others about their life challenges.
"The Royal Foundation has made its biggest ever investment to do just that. And we want you to be a part of it. @giveusashoutinsta is a new textline that supports people who need advice in a tough moment."
He went on to explain that the line will be open all day and night and manned by trained volunteers. He encouraged his audience to take up the cause and "be part of something very special."
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3 years ago Catherine, Harry and I kicked off the Heads Together campaign with our fantastic charity partners. As part of the legacy of the @heads_together campaign we wanted to do our bit to make it easier for people to start to get the help they need. The Royal Foundation has made its biggest ever investment to do just that. And we want you to be a part of it. @giveusashoutinsta is a new textline that supports people who need advice in a tough moment. It operates 24-7, and connects people to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed, enabling them to move from crisis to calm and to find longer term support. At the heart of Shout will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. I hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special — The Duke of Cambridge
Hello magazine reported that the crisis text line will address problems like suicidal thoughts, bullying, abuse, self-harm, and relationship issues.
According to the outlet, the service has been running silently for the past year, and William is hoping to see a large increase in volunteers moving forward.
This week, however, the royal family did see some growth in their own member size when baby Sussex finally arrived on Monday, May 6. He was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten- Windsor by parents Harry and Markle.
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Today in the UK, a critical new 24/7 text helpline has launched - @giveusashoutinsta This free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way, for those experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support. This is an extension of the @heads_together initiative backed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Earlier last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners. Last November, Their Royal Highnesses also made a surprise visit to meet with a group of Shout volunteers, and participated in a panel with mental health activist @bryonygordon hearing firsthand how the volunteers have found making the connection with vulnerable texters, a majority of whom are under 25, so rewarding - helping to get them through a moment of crisis to a calmer place, and giving them courage to find longer-term support. Powered by a team of trained volunteers, Shout has already quietly enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers over the last 12 months, whom in turn have helped 60,000 people. SHOUT is modeled on @crisistextline in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages, Shout is the largest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date, in partnership with @heads_together. Tapping into the UK’s volunteer community, Shout aims to recruit 3,000 additional volunteers by the end of the year. Mobilizing a volunteer community with this innovative use of technology will go a long way in helping people get the critical help they need, often in the darkest of times, when those are privately and silently suffering and afraid to seek help. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.giveusashout.org Be the change you wish to see in the world.
In their official response, Middleton and William said they were "delighted with the news of the birth" and looked forward to meeting the newborn. William also made a hilarious joke in a less formal comment about it.
After saying he was absolutely thrilled by the news, William stated that he was "very pleased to welcome [his] own brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting!"
"We're absolutely thrilled - welcome to the Sleep Deprivation Society!" — The Duke of Cambridge on his and The Duchess's delight at the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son pic.twitter.com/3sTvDL14Cr— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) May 7, 2019
The new addition is seventh-in-line to the throne. William's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all precede him. William said he hoped to meet his nephew "in the next few days when things have quietened down."