National Digital Award for the Hub of Hope

Chasing the Stigma and its technical partners Mashbo have been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in the UK for boundary breaking British digital work – the ‘Website & Apps with Conscience’ prize at the BIMA Awards 2018.

The win comes hot on the heels of our Bronze award in the Creativepool Annual awards and being shortlisted in this year’s Charity Times awards in the ‘Best Use of Technology’ category.

The annual event celebrates British digital work that is pushing the limits across innovation, craft and impact, as well as making a difference in business, culture and society, with our category acknowledging projects that have delivered social good through digital innovation.

It really is doing just that. Since its launch in July 2017 the app has helped 19,000 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’s been adopted as a signposting tool by phone advisors on Papyrus’ Hopeline, used as part of the Zero Suicide Alliance’s acclaimed ‘See Say Signpost’ training and also by emergency services across the country, as well as being endorsed by more than 25 national mental health organisations.

To say we’re pleased with the results is an understatement. In fact we are overwhelmed that the Hub of Hope has been recognised at the BIMA awards and incredibly proud of the success and grateful to all of our supporters who have helped us on the journey so far.

Jake Mills, CEO of Chasing the Stigma, said: “Working with Mashbo we’ve created a tool that is revolutionising the way people in the UK are able to access help and support with mental health issues. Our fantastic, loyal supporters have helped us raise funds and awareness and the results have been brilliant.

“The Hub of Hope’s success so early in its development has exceeded anything I ever imagined. We are committed to continuing this work so people are able to find the help they need, when they need it and at the click of a button.”

The web app is available online, in the App Store and in the Play Store. It is free to download and use and also free for organisations to register, simply visit: chasingthestigma.co.uk/hub-of-hope/