It’s been a busy week for the royals, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcoming their first child, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveling to Wales for a day of engagements, and Prince Harry visiting the Hague to launch an Invictus Games 2020 countdown. And now, both royal couples are coming together to launch an initiative that speaks to an issue they’ve long championed: mental health awareness.
The Cambridges and Sussexes have teamed up to debut Shout, a text messaging service available 24/7 to those struggling with mental health in the U.K. The program pairs users with trained volunteers to help those in need “move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support,” according to a Kensington Palace announcement.
Shout is a part of the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together initiative, a campaign established in 2016 that works with a variety of charities to break the stigma around conversations surrounding mental health issues.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a joint statement about Shout:
“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.”
Prince William also appears in a launch video for the service, discussing the work that went into the launching the program. “Over the past few months, Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes,” he says. “Harry, Meghan, Catherine and I have been able to see the service working up close, and are very excited for its future.”
Shout already has a volunteer base of 1,000, but the organization hopes to increase that to 4,000 by the end of 2019. Prince William closes his message with a final call to action: “This will make a huge difference to people’s lives, and I really hope you will come and join our team.”
Today, May 07, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to Cutty Sark, to launch The King’s Cup Regatta. The event coincided with the announcement that The Duke and Duchess will host the new annual sailing event in August on the Isle of Wight as well as go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats in an eight boat regatta race, to raise awareness and funds for eight of their Patronages. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920. The Duchess’s chosen charities are Action on Addiction, Place2Be, The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s work on Early Years. Today, The Duke and Duchess joined children from Place2Be and other charities in trying out sailing simulators and they also unveiled the King’s Cup. Upon their departure they took a moment to greet crowds in an impromptu walkabout.
Today, (November 21, 2018) The Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to the UCL Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit to see how environment and biology shape the way children develop socially and emotionally. The Duchess talked with Professor Eamon McCrory and members of his neuroscience research team about their work with children and their families. During her visit The Duchess also toured the MRI Scanning Facility and learned about their groundbreaking research on how early experience shapes brain function. This visit advances Catherine’s work in learning about and supporting charities, health professionals, teachers, and scientist that offer early intervention for children and families streaming from her early work with issues like mental illness, addiction and family breakdown.
On (November 15, 2019) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended The Royal Foundation’s Annual Dinner at the Victoria House in London, England. The dinner is in support of The Royal Foundation which revolves around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community. The Duchess of Sussex became the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018. The Royal Foundation is the Cambridge’s and Sussex’s main vehicle for their philanthropic causes as they seek to invest in, or partner with, organisations with proven impact, using its profile and leverage to create a multiplier effect in resources, outcomes and knowledge. While we normally do not get photos from this event musician Tom Walker who performed at the event shared some of his photos with the William, Catherine, Harry, and Meghan.
This morning, (November 15, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to The BBC Broadcasting House in London, England. The couple visited the BBC to view the work the broadcaster is doing as a key member of Prince William’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying. The Cyberbullying Taskforce is part of the Royal Foundation and was launched in April 2016 during Anti-Bullying Week when Prince William brought together leading tech companies, NGOs and independent advisers in a Taskforce chaired by Brent Hoberman CBE, to tackle this issue. During their visit the couple joined the BBC The One Show where they met Ellie, Eliza and Cameron from Wormholt Park Primary School for a discussion on the upcoming Kids Online Wellbeing App. They also met with young people who wrote and performed in a new campaign video for “Stop Speak Support”, a youth-led code of conduct to provide guidance on what to do when they witness bullying online. The Duke of Cambridge also gave an impassioned speech about his concerns of cyberbullying and his fears that big companies aren’t doing enough to protect individuals. You can read his full speech here or watch it here. You don’t want to miss it.
On (November 08, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended The Tusk Conservation Awards at Banqueting House in London. The Tusk Awards celebrate the extraordinary work of individuals who are protecting endangered wildlife in Africa. In December 2005 Prince William became Patron. Tusk’s mission is to support forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa and work with successful local organisations, supporting and nurturing their conservation programmes. Before the awards The Duke and Duchess attended a reception meeting with award nominees, Tusk supporters and sponsors. During the ceremony Prince William presented three awards and gave a speech you can view here. So far I have added 80 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
Today, (October 30, 2018) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Coach Core Essex, a apprenticeship programme that helps young people who are not in education, employment or training to build a career in sports coaching. The Duke and Duchess found out more about two of these: Sport For Confidence, who uses sport to benefit the lives of people with mental health problems, physical disabilities and learning disabilities and South Essex Gym Club, which offers classes from preschool upwards for artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, adult gym and freestyle classes both of which have employed multiple apprentices through the scheme. Their Royal Highnesses meet Coach Core apprentices and graduates, and learned how the scheme in Essex is getting the local community involved in sport. Coach Core targets communities which have the highest levels of youth unemployment and social deprivation. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joinec in with tennis and indoor athletics coaching sessions and a game of Boccia – one of the sports provided by Sport For Confidence, which offers sporting opportunities for individuals who face barriers to participation. The Duke and Duchess also watched gymnasts in training at the gymnastics centre established by The Royal Foundation in 2012, shortly after the London Olympic Games and driven by a desire to build upon the legacy of the Olympics. Afterwards, The Duke and Duchess met with individuals who had gathered to meet them.
Today, (March 21, 2018) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attended a symposium she has organized on early intervention for children and families with The Royal Foundation at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England. This event brought together individuals from education, research, medicine and charities to talk about how to better support the well-being of young children. During The Duchess’s speech it was announced The Royal Foundation will establish a steering group to explore how best to support academics, practitioners and charities. You can view Catherine’s full speech above. At the moment I have added 44 high quality photos to the gallery with more to come at a later time. Enjoy.
Today, (February 28, 2018) Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attended the First Annual Royal Foundation Forumm held at Aviva in London, England. Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together’, the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation. I have added 53 high quality photos to the gallery. Enjoy! If your interested in photos of Meghan, please check out our sister site Meghan-Markle.Org.