Todays Mindfulness Monday is all about the newly established service Hub of Hope. Hub of Hope is both a website and an app.
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by the national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. (hubofhope.co.uk)
The services and support offered by Hub of Hope are for both every day and in times of crisis. Taking care of our mental health should be as important to us as taking care of the rest of our bodies. Checking in with ourselves and being honest about how we’re doing is essential, daily practice. As we become used to doing this, we can identify when we’re struggling. We can then get the extra help and support we need. This is where the Hub of Hope comes in.
How do you use it?
It honestly couldn’t be easier. Go to the hub of hope website, enter in your address and a list of local services will come up. Scroll through and find one that looks suitable for your needs. Each service shows their area of expertise and how the service works e.g. online/telephone/peer support/NHS. The contact details for each service are clearly listed.
Is it all free?
The app and website are both free to use. However, the services listed vary in cost from free to paid for and are clearly shown. To enable you to access any and all local services with the ability to choose what’s right for you.
What else do they offer?
Included in the app and website listings are support services for both family and friends as well as the person they are supporting.
What if I need help now?
Included both on the app and website is a ‘need help now button’. Click on it and it will show you the information for Samaritans helpline, the Crisis helpline, and local immediate free support.
I think this is an absolutely wonderful new initiative as getting help can sometimes feel so overwhelming. This initiative makes accessing mental health care simple, which is exactly what we need. I hope this is of help to you and would love to know what you think.