10 Mai 2019 , 12:57 in International
Printul William si printul Harry, insotiti de sotiile lor, Kate si Meghan, au lansat vineri un serviciu telefonic prin SMS, conceput pentru ajutorarea persoanelor care traverseaza crize de sanatate mintala, informeaza Reuters.

Cei doi printi britanici au fost laudati in presa internationala pentru faptul ca au vorbit in mod public despre propriile lor dificultati de ordin mintal cu care s-au confruntat dupa moartea mamei lor, printesa Diana, decedata in 1997 intr-un accident de automobil la Paris, si au facut din aceasta chestiune una dintre principalele cauze de caritate pe care le sustin.

Serviciul se numeste "Shout"

Noul serviciu prin SMS, denumit "Shout", doreste sa asigure sprijin 24 de ore din 24 si sapte zile din sapte persoanelor care trec prin perioade de criza, precum ganduri suicidare, abuzuri, probleme in viata de cuplu, hartuire si intimidare, prin conectarea lor cu echipe de voluntari bine pregatiti, care ii ajuta si le ofera sprijin pe termen lung.

"Suntem incredibil de entuziasmati sa lansam acest serviciu, stiind ca el are potentialul de a se adresa miilor de persoane vulnerabile in fiecare zi", au declarat cei patru membri ai familiei regale britanice intr-un comunicat, potrivit Agerpres.

"Noi toti am putut sa urmarim de-aproape cum functioneaza acest serviciu si suntem incantati de viitorul sau. Speram ca multi dintre voi veti veni alaturi de noi in acest proiect pentru a face parte dintr-o initiativa cu adevarat speciala", au adaugat ducii de Cambridge si de Sussex.

Serviciul se adreseaza in special tinerilor si foloseste SMS-uri intrucat acestea reprezinta o metoda de comunicare mai silentioasa si mai intima, permitand utilizatorilor sa il foloseasca la scoala, in autobuz sau acasa, au precizat creatorii sai. Un raport din 2017 dezvaluia ca o optime din totalul copiilor si tinerilor cu varste cuprinse intre cinci si 19 ani din Marea Britanie sufera de cel putin o afectiune mintala.

Printul William ii indeamna pe oameni sa vorbeasca despre aceste afectiuni

In cadrul evenimentului de lansare a noului serviciu prin SMS, printul William a aparut intr-un mesaj video prin care si-a indemnat compatriotii sa vorbeasca public despre aceste afectiuni, in contextul in care serviciul intentioneaza sa isi sporeasca efectivele de voluntari de la 1.000 la 4.000 de persoane.

Aceasta este una dintre primele initiative la care participa impreuna cei patru membri ai familiei regale, care patroneaza tot impreuna si Royal Foundation, fundatia lor principala prin intermediul careia sustin organizatii de caritate si care sprijina inclusiv noul serviciu Shout.

Lansarea de vineri intervine intr-o perioada in care in mass-media britanica au abundat speculatii despre o presupusa raceala care s-ar fi produs intre cei doi duci si sotiile lor, desi nu a existat niciun indiciu public care sa ateste existenta unor astfel de dezacorduri.

Luni, Meghan, in varsta de 37 de ani, si printul Harry, in varsta de 34 de ani, au sarbatorit nasterea primului lor copil, Archie, alaturi de printul William, in varsta de 37 de ani, si de sotia acestuia, Kate, in varsta de 37 de ani.

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.

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“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day. Over the last few months Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes. We have all been able to see the service working up close and are so excited for its future. At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis. We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.” — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the launch of @GiveUsAShoutInsta. Shout is a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis. It operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support. As texting is private and silent, it opens up a whole new way to find help. It provides instant support - you can have a conversation at any time – at school, at home, on the bus, anywhere. This service is for everyone, but for younger people especially, texting is a trusted and familiar form of communication, and using text rather than apps makes it simple and accessible for everyone with a phone. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers who are at the heart of the service. They are trained to create a safe space for people experiencing mental health challenges. The programme is unique with the training and volunteering all done online, under the supervision of qualified clinicians. Working remotely, volunteers are part of a supportive and connected online community of 1,000, with the ambition of boosting that community to 4,000 by the end of the year. Interested in volunteering? Visit @GiveUsAShoutInsta or the link in our bio to find out more.

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