Blurt nets award for digital savvy
The co-founder of a mental health charity has won an award for the way her organisation uses digital technology to help people cope with depression.
Jayne Hardy, who helped to set up The Blurt Foundation, scooped the 2012 TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for the South West.
The Plymouth-based charity will use the £5,000 prize money to fund a community-based GP project.
And Jayne will join 11 other regional winners hoping to be crowned TalkTalk's national Digital Heroes Award winner 2012.
Jayne established Blurt following her own eight-year battle with depression. The charity aims to tackle the stigma surrounding depression and support sufferers.
It 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.
It has already supported more than 500 people and the regional prize money will be used to produce information packs which GPs can hand to patients when they are first diagnosed with depression.
Jayne said: 'I am absolutely delighted to have won. 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."
The winner of the national title, which is judged by a panel including TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone and UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, will be awarded the grand prize of £10,000.
The event takes place on November 28 at the House of Commons in London.