Tech for Good: Hub of Hope

We’re starting a new project here at Mashbo that we’re extremely excited about. We’re building the Hub of Hope.

Over the coming months, we’ll be donating some of our studio time to build a digital platform that has the potential to transform the lives of thousands of people.

What is the Hub of Hope?

The Hub of Hope is the brainchild of Chasing the Stigma, a recently launched mental health charity founded by comedian Jake Mills.

After his own experiences battling depression and attempting to take his own life, Jake realised that it was not easy to find somewhere to turn to for help. Chasing the Stigma aims to break down these barriers to getting help and let people know that they are not alone and that support is available.

As part of this, Jake thought of the concept for the Hub of Hope, a digital platform that offers a place to go to for those who are struggling, showing what help is available based on where they are in the country. The Hub will show people a list of charities and organisations nearby where they can go to for help, based on their geographical location.

After coming up with the idea, Jake needed someone to put his plan into action and build the tech behind the Hub of Hope. This is where we stepped in.

Hub of Hope sketches

Why are we doing this?

This is a project that’s hugely important to us for a number of reasons.

We believe massively in what Jake is doing, and we’re on board with his mission to help more people get the support that they deserve. We recently became trustees of Chasing the Stigma, and to do something that actively helps them to support more people who are struggling is great for us.

With suicide being the biggest killer of men aged 21-49 than anything else; 10% of young people suffering with a mental health problem; and someone in the UK and Ireland dying every 90 minutes from suicide – this is a huge problem that we’re passionate about doing our bit to stop.

Closer to home, a lot of the Mashbo team have been affected by mental health issues, whether suffering problems themselves or having a family member or friend who has suffered. We all have our own personal reasons for wanting to help others find somewhere that they can turn to.

We’re very excited to build the Hub of Hope and put our skills to use to make a positive impact on people’s lives and help them realise that they’re not alone.

Coming soon…

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be working tirelessly to build the Hub of Hope and provide a welcoming and supportive experience that can help people to find the help that they need.

We’ll be keeping you updated on the project through our blog, but you can follow us on Twitter @mashbo to stay in the loop.

We can’t wait to get the Hub of Hope up and running!

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