A critical new 24/7 text helpline has launched this week.
The 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.
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 Crisis Text Line in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages, Shout is the largest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date.
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