We are happy to announce that Chasing the Stigma has received £53,600 of funding from Nominet’s new #RESET Mental Health Programme, which aims to increase access and availability of mental health services for young people in the digital age.
The generous funding will go towards — among other initiatives — the Hub of Hope, making it the most effective and efficient online mental health signposting tool.
The programme follows Nominet research into Charities, Young People and Digital Mental Health services, an extensive sector mapping activity, and an expert panel event. This discovery process identified some key challenges: the growing pressure on mental health services, the increasingly digital channels through which young people seek support and information, and the current minimal overlap of trusted organisations delivering digital products and services for young people. As a result, Nominet has decided to focus its support in a number of key areas: directly supporting national charities to deliver digital mental health services, supporting quality improvements across services they offer, as well as improved signposting for young people.
Jake Mills, Founder and CEO of Chasing the Stigma, the Hub of Hope and Ambassador of Hope training programme, said: “It is an honour to be teaming up with Nominet as part of the #RESET mental health programme. Like Nominet we are passionate about transforming young lives and we fundamentally believe that the best way to do that is by working collaboratively.”
“We are delighted that Nominet has shown faith in our ambitions as a charity and with this opportunity we will be able to make drastic improvements to the Hub of Hope, that will see it become a much more powerful resource to offer hope to people across the UK.”
The Nominet #RESET Mental Health Programme is providing funding based on an in-depth consultation with each of the national partners. Each partner will invest in the development and delivery of their activities over an 18-month period from December 2019. Nominet and its partners will share an impact and learning report each year to help others exploring the role of digital in this field.
Eleanor Bradley, MD of Registry Solutions and Public Benefit at Nominet says: “Demand for mental health services has risen dramatically in the last five years, and at the same time the channels young people use to seek support have migrated to digital. Our research showed that many expert charities offering targeted support for specific needs when young people are most vulnerable or in crisis are at risk of falling behind digitally or need help to amplify what they offer, and we want to support these organisations to be at the forefront of digital mental health service provision.
“As part of our commitment to public benefit, with a focus on driving initiatives that promote greater connectivity, inclusivity and security online, we believe our new funding programme #RESET will provide some much needed help – in essence, the resource to reset the mental health support system – where it is sorely required.”
“Working with these organisations we’re focused on our #RESET funding positively impacting as many young people as possible – reaching over 600,000 by December 2020 and up to 3 million over the next three years – with online mental health services that really make a difference.”