Prince William & Kate Middleton Announce New Mental Health Program for Frontline Workers

Prince William and Kate Middleton want those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure they’re focusing on their own mental health.

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced their latest project, “Our Frontline,” which aims to provide one-on-one support and online resources to those working closely to fight COVID-19. The royal couple teamed up with mental health charities Mind, the crisis text service Shout, Samaritans and Hospice U.K., to launch the new service.

“Today @MindCharity@SamaritansCharity@GiveUsAShoutInsta@Hospice_UK, and The Royal Foundation have come together to provide round-the-clock mental health support to frontline workers,” the couple wrote in a post on Instagram. “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.”

According to the couple, the new program will offer trained volunteers on hand (by call or text) as well as specially developed online resources to support the frontline community’s mental health through these uncertain times. And yes, that includes healthcare and other essential workers.

Recently, the couple made some major updates to their Royal Foundation’s website, including a loose plan for the next few weeks as well as a promise that the organization would help battle the virus whichever ways it can. One of the items in the statement included “doing all we can to promote and support the charities that can play a part in helping responders and their families with their mental health needs.”

And with “Our Frontline” it seems like they are doing just that.