Royal Foundation pledges £2M to new digital mental health start-up

The Royal Foundation invests £2 million to back digital solutions for mental health

The Royal Foundation has announced that is investing £2 million into a new start-up for digital mental health solutions.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will invest the money to help develop new digital tools that enable people to have conversations about mental health.

Earlier this year Prince Harry spoke about the struggles he faced when having to deal with his mother’s death.

The Royal Foundation realised during its Heads Together campaign that better tools are needed for people to start talking about mental health whenever and wherever they need to.

The new start-up will be headed by CEO Victoria Hornby and its board will be made up of technology experts. The start-up will prioritise solutions that will benefit young people who are more likely to seeking advice on their phones and online.

About the investment, Sir Keith Mills, chairman of The Royal Foundation, said: “We are incredibly proud of the millions of conversations that our Heads Together campaign initiated on mental health. And we are delighted to be providing the seed funding for this new digital start-up that we hope will create new tools that will enable people to have conversations on mental health wherever they are and whenever they need to have them. We expect that the many of the tools developed by the start-up will be of enormous benefit to the UK’s incredible community of mental health charities.”

The Royal Foundation has also announced that it will be investing in other mental health programmes in schools, workplaces, and within the defence community.

Victoria Hornby, CEO of the new start-up, said: “This new digital start-up will bring together experts in mental health and technology to find and create new solutions. We want to use the power of technology to reach the millions of people, especially young people, who feel isolated and alone, and help them to find the right place to talk.”

Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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