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Princes William and Harry back UK mental health text support

/ 02:59 PM May 11, 2019

LONDON — Princes William and Harry and their wives, Kate and Meghan, are joining forces to back a text messaging service to help people experiencing mental health problems.

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Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge smile during a visit to Newborough Beach in North Wales, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Image: Aaron Chown/PA via AP

Their Royal Foundation will provide a 3 million-pound ($3.9 million or P203.4 million) grant to back the initiative called Shout.

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The service is designed to help people with a wide range of problems including suicidal thoughts, relationship issues and bullying.

William said Friday the service “is free to use, anonymous, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week” and that the text conversations are handled by volunteers who have received online training and are monitored by a clinical team.

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William says 60,000 people have already received help from the service.

Both couples have lobbied for better treatment of mental health issues. NVG

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