Co-founder of city charity wins award
THE CO-FOUNDER of a mental health charity has won £5,000 at a national awards ceremony.
Jayne Hardy, of the charity Blurt, has been named the winner of the south west 2012 TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for the charity's role in using digital technology to help people coping with depression.
The city-based mental health organisation will use the £5,000 prize money to fund a community-based GP project.
Jayne received the most votes in the South West and has joined 11 other regional winners hoping to be crowned TalkTalk's national Digital Heroes Awards 2012 winner at an event being held on Wednesday at the House of Commons in London.
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The winner of the national title will be awarded the grand prize of £10,000.
Jayne co-founded The Blurt Foundation, which tackles the stigma surrounding depression and supports sufferers. 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.
"I am absolutely delighted to have won," she said. "It's been great to be able to use my experiences of depression in a positive way to help others.
"Winning means the GP programme can go ahead and hopefully help many more people."
To date, Blurt has helped more than 500 people.
Jayne said she would now use the award money to produce information packs that GPs can hand to patients when they are first diagnosed with depression.