Chasing the Stigma awarded 2018 Charity Times Award

Chasing the Stigma, has been awarded a prestigious national accolade for its mental health app, the Hub of Hope, which is revolutionising the way that people in the UK access vital help and support.

The app was awarded the prize for ‘Best Use of Technology’ at the glittering annual Charity Times Awards ceremony, which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday 3 October.

Since its launch in July 2017 the app has helped more than 20,000 people seeking support for a wide range of mental health issues. Using location-based technology it has signposted them to the nearest and most relevant source of help from its database of more than 1,200 organisations.

It is the UK’s most comprehensive mental health support database and the first to ever bring local, grassroots and national services together in one place. Its ease of use has led to its adoption as a signposting tool by phone advisors on Papyrus’ Hopeline, as part of the Zero Suicide Alliance’s acclaimed ‘See Say Signpost’ training and by emergency services across the country, as well as being endorsed by more than 25 national mental health organisations.

The Hub of Hope faced tough competition in the category, which celebrates organisations that have demonstrated an innovative and effective use of technology, with projects from Little Troopers with Cantarus and Harper Collins, Medair UK and Qlik, The Challenge and Westminster Drug Project all in the running for the award.

The Hub of Hope is Liverpool-based software development consultancy Mashbo’s creative and technical interpretation of Chasing the Stigma CEO, Jake Mills’ original vision.

Jake, who attempted suicide five years ago, after struggling with his own mental health issues said:

“I couldn’t be prouder of this achievement. Being such a young charity gaining recognition at such an established and prestigious awards ceremony is absolutely incredible.

“Working with Mashbo we’ve created a tool that is truly revolutionising the way people in the UK are able to access help and support with mental health issues, but for us this is only the beginning.

“I can’t wait to see what we can achieve next. We’re committed to removing the stigma around mental health issues and making sure that everyone can access the help they need, when they need it.”

The Hub of Hope works using the location of a web browser or mobile device. The cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans. The app is available in the App store and the Play Store for Android, while the desktop version is currently in beta.