During the Heads Together campaign, we found that whilst more people are prepared to talk about their mental health, better tools are needed to help them start a conversation. People need help building the confidence to talk about how they’re feeling, whether they’re in times of calm, or times of crisis, and digital innovation is required to help these conversations happen wherever these people are, and whenever they’re needed.
To address this head on, on World Mental Health Day in 2017, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that it had granted £2 million to establish a new start-up – Mental Health Innovations. It will develop new digital tools to help people have conversations about mental health.
Volunteer for Mental Health Innovations:
If you’re looking for a mental health volunteering opportunity that won’t drain your time, but will connect you to an online community throughout the UK, then sign up to be a volunteer at Shout. Shout will be a free direct messaging service for people in a state of crisis and will go live in 2019. For now, the service is being piloted with charity partners, and they are looking for volunteers to join now and help launch the service.