Charity's hope for £5k prize
THE CO-FOUNDER of a city-based mental health charity is hoping to win £5,000 towards the project at a national competition.
Jayne Hardy, co-founder of Blurt, is one of three regional finalists in the 2012 TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards.
With public voting now open Blurt is hoping to take the top spot and scoop £5,000 towards the community-based project.
After an eight year battle with depression, Jayne and husband Dom founded the charity from their Plymouth homes last year.
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The organisation has two ambitious aims – to tackle the stigma surrounding depression and to make sufferers realise that they are not alone.
Through its website and Twitter, Blurt provides people who are feeling isolated with an online mentor, and provides information about ways people can help themselves, such as taking up exercise or changing their diet.
Each mentor has experienced depression and, while they can't give advice, they listen and support people.
Jayne said: "I am so proud to have been nominated for the second year running.
"Over the last 12 months Blurt has helped over 500 people.
"Dom and I manage Blurt in our spare time so it's really gratifying to have made such an impact on peoples lives.
"The amazing thing about the digital aspect of Blurt is that a mentor in Plymouth could be providing support for someone in Kent suffering from depression, there are no boundaries and we are excited about expanding the possibilities further and tackling the stigma around the disease."
Supporters can vote at www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes/region.php?region=south_west until November 18.