Roy­als £2m for men­tal health

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

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.

MIS­SION Wil­liam

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