Mind Jersey is offering hope and support to those struggling with loneliness, isolation and poor mental health on the island this Christmas, by working with Chasing the Stigma to expand local services on the Hub of Hope and promote the leading signposting tool.

Over the past year, Mind Jersey has worked closely with us to introduce the Hub of Hope app to the population of Jersey. Since the project began, 23 local support organisations and trusts have registered on the Hub of Hope, including Alcohol and Drugs service – Jersey, Menspace, Community Bereavement service and Independent Advocacy Service My Voice Limited. 

Collaborative efforts from government health services and other organisations, including Liberate, Jersey Talking Therapies and the Listening Lounge have also ensured a cross section of organisations are available to local users.

Jen Browne, a Mental Health First Aid instructor for Mind Jersey said: “This is an incredible resource for our Island and I am thrilled to be involved with the promotion of this life saving app. So often we are approached by members of the public who just do not know where to go for support. 

“We know that early intervention is so important for recovery and by knowing what help is available at the touch of a button, we will hopefully see individuals being able to access support sooner which could help their mental health from deteriorating further to the point of crisis. Working with Chasing the Stigma and other local services just shows how vital collaborative working is to provide the most effective support for our community.”

Jake Mills, CEO and founder of Chasing the Stigma, added: “Since 2017, the Hub of Hope has grown from little more than a spreadsheet to a vital resource that brings more than 2,000 mental health support services together in one place.

“Collaboration has been key to achieving this and working with Jersey Mind and its partners has enabled us to expand the local services we have listed and verified on the app. Drawing on their expertise and local connections, people in Jersey will now have a clearer pathway to relevant, local help and support.”

The arrival of the mental health signposting tool comes following the announcement of the improved mental health referral pathway that Mind Jersey and other key partners have supported.

Dr Jake Bowley, Lead Allied Health Professional for the HCS Mental Health Care Group), said: “The Hub of Hope is a really positive addition to the help available for islanders with their mental health. All of us involved in providing advice and support are working closely together, and we want the public to know how they can easily get help. We especially want people to ask for help early on, before things get too difficult, and we think this new app can really help with that.”

Any local organisations, charities or mental health support groups in the UK are welcome to register their support services on the Hub of Hope for free. Simply, complete the form online at https://hubofhope.co.uk/register-your-service or contact us to find out more.

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is hope and help at the Hub of Hope. Download the app or visit www.hubofhope.co.uk to find support near you.

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