We are celebrating two years of the Hub of Hope, the innovative mental health platform that has allowed users to find relevant services near them. It is the biggest database of its kind and has become an invaluable tool for other organisations, such as the Samaritans, Papyrus, NHS Trusts, prison servoces, Job Centres and emergency services across the country.
Since we launched the Hub of Hope in July 2017, over 40,000 unique users have visited the site or app, signposting them to the nearest and most relevant mental health support services from our database of more than 1,200 national and grassroots organisations. The site has had 170,000+ unique page views, furthering our ambition to become the go-to tool for mental health support, something that has recieved support from the Minister for Suicide Prevention, Jackie Doyle-Price.
The biggest usage has been in London, swiftly followed by Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. In total, the Hub of Hope has been used across 1437 different towns and cities across the UK.
We are so proud that the UK’s first ever comprehensive national mental health database has turned into a service that is offering help to tens of thousands of people across the country — and this year, we hope to offer support to more people than ever through our expanding Ambassador of Hope training programme.
Since launching in October 2018, the Ambassador of Hope programme — which provides training for organisations so that staff are able to help those in need — has trained more than 1,500 individuals across many organisations, including The Regenda Group, Everton Football Club, Liverpool City Council, System Group, Mando and Mashbo. We also have a commitment from the Disclosure and Barring Service to train all 900 members of their staff.
Jake Mills, founder of Chasing the Stigma, the Hub of Hope and the Ambassador of Hope programme, said: “I am blown away by the impact the Hub of Hope has had over the past two years. To have signposted over 40,000 people to relevant mental health services is fantastic, and we hope to continue to innovate and provide the help that people need.”
“With NHS services so overstretched and more people opening up about their mental health, it is key that services like ours flourish and can step up to fill the gap in the market. We thank everyone who has supported us over the past two years, and are looking forward to expanding our Ambassador of Hope programme to train more people than ever in basic mental health awareness”.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past two years, and helped the Hub of Hope go from strength to strength!