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The Cambridges Introduce a Mental Health Program for COVID-19 Frontline Workers

23/04/2020

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing their efforts to support those deeply affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, Prince William and Duchess Kate announced a new charity initiative that will provide mental health support to those working on the front lines of the ongoing health crisis. The initiative—called Our Frontline—will provide one-on-one mental health support and relief to emergency medical personnel working to stop the spread of the novel virus.

According to an official press release from The Royal Foundation, Our Frontline will allow key workers to call or text trained volunteers and get access to online resources, toolkits, and advice specially developed to support their mental health and emotional well-being throughout the fight against the coronavirus.

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Today @MindCharity, @SamaritansCharity, @GiveUsAShoutInsta, @Hospice_UK, and The Royal Foundation have come together to provide round-the-clock mental health support to frontline workers. Each of these organisations will be providing expertise in their relative field, to support the extraordinary people on the frontline responding to COVID-19 in the UK, and supporting the mental health sector as it responds to the immediate and long-term mental health consequences of the pandemic. So what does this mean? This means trained volunteers will be on hand, by call or text, as well as specially developed online resources, toolkits, and advice to support the frontline community’s mental health through this challenging time. Visit @OurFrontlineUk to learn more about #OurFrontline.

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“Over the past few weeks, millions of frontline workers across the UK have put their physical and mental health on the line to protect us all during the Coronavirus pandemic. Every day they confront traumatic situations at the same time as having to contend with their own worries about the risks to themselves and their families,” read a statement from the Duke of Cambridge. “That takes a real toll, and as I’ve seen for myself through my work with the Air Ambulance, without the right support at the right time the challenges they face will only be greater. Catherine and I, together with The Royal Foundation, will do all we can to support Our Frontline. This work will be our top priority for the months ahead.”

The Cambridges’ Royal Foundation is set to lead support for the new initiative alongside the mental health charity Mind, crisis text service Shout, as well as Samaritans and Hospice UK. Following the announcement of the program, William is scheduled to head a roundtable discussion with emergency service workers and mental health experts.

Our Frontline is the latest initiative from the duke and duchess following weeks of highlighting the work of those helping combat COVID-19. In addition to their program launch, the couple have prioritized visiting an NHS emergency call center, video-calling with teachers caring for the children of first responders, and helping virtually open U.K. field hospitals.

 

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