Mermaids, a UK-based charity which supports trans and gender diverse children, launched a 24-7 crisis text service on Monday (27 May).
‘If you’re experiencing a personal crisis, are unable to cope and need support, just text “Mermaids” to 85258’ a statement from Mermaids said.
‘A trained Crisis Messenger Volunteer will introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace.’
‘You’ll text back and forth, only sharing what you feel comfortable with’.
The new service complements existing web chat, email, and weekday telephone counseling services.
It was launched in partnership with Shout, a crisis text service launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
We’re excited that today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have launched Shout, a 24/7 crisis text service, as a legacy of @heads_together. The Duke of Cambridge recorded this national appeal for #volunteers to help us support more people. pic.twitter.com/V7EjR1zlQp
— Shout UK (@GiveUsAShout) May 10, 2019
Mermaids: On the frontline of transphobia
A number of women’s rights activists have expressed their opposition to trans rights groups, as well as several high-profile figures.
Linehan has been particularly vocal in his opposition to Mermaids, and spearheaded a campaign to rescind funding from the group.
However, this backfired following a crowdfunding campaign from a gamer known as HBomberGuy.
HBomberGuy – citing Linehan’s opposition to the charity – managed to raise over $338,000. He did this by playing Donkey Kong 64 for around 57 hours straight.
The gamer garnered international attention for his efforts. With pop icon Cher and US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offering their support to the cause.
Eventually, after a review, the National Lottery approved funding.
‘What’s great about this review is that an independent third party has looked at all the arguments that would like to undermine our work and found no evidence to support the allegations that have been made’ Susie Green, the CEO of Mermaids, said.