Award will help Jayne's work go further
A PLYMOUTH woman has won a national award for her project helping people suffering from depression.
Jayne Hardy, who co-founded the Blurt Foundation, was also presented with a grant of £5,000 to pump into the charitable organisation.
She scooped the prize in the TalkTalk Digital Heroes awards, for using digital tools as a way of helping others.
The award was presented by a panel of judges including chairman of the telecommunications giant Sir Charles Dunstone and dotcom entrepreneur and UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox.
The Blurt Foundation has already provided support to more than 500 people.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, Jayne, who founded the project with husband Dom, said: "I am absolutely delighted to have won.
"Thank you ever so much to everyone who voted for me. It's great to be able to use my experiences of depression in a positive way to help others."
The Blurt Foundation tackles the stigma surrounding depression and offers support to sufferers. Through tips about such areas as exercise and diet, the service gives sufferers the means to take control in their dealings with depression.
Each of the mentors has suffered from depression and although unable to offer advice, can listen and support clients.
As previously reported in The Herald, the next step for Blurt is to provide information packs to GPs that can be given to patients upon diagnosis.
"Winning means the GP programme can go ahead and hopefully help many more people," Jayne added.