Royals £2m for mental health
A campaign to help the nation’s mental health through technology has been given a £2million royal gift.
The money will come from the Royal Foundation set up by William, Kate and Harry, who have already fronted a drive to “smash the stigma” of mental illness.
Research has found that young people would prefer to use technology to seek information and talk about mental health.
So the funding – the foundation’s largest single grant yet – will establish a “start-up for digital mental health innovation”.
The aim is to give people the tools to find help at the click of a button.
William said: “We’ve got to somehow catch people in their daily life to bring them into the fold and give them the help they need.”
A foundation spokesman added: “Around the world, the use of technology to reach those in need of help and support is showing promising outcomes and we want to make sure these advances are available to people in the UK.”
The announcement came as research showed that t he royals’ re c ent high-profile campaigning, including Harry opening up about his own mental health, has raised awareness of the subject.