Advocacy Focus Becomes an Ambassador of Hope For some there’s advocacy, for those who are in crisis, there is the Hub of Hope. We have become Lancashire's first 'Ambassador of Hope,' pictured here with our Patron, Jake Mills. 1 in 4 people experience ill-mental health at some point in their lives. This can be a scary and unfamiliar time, you are at breaking point. You feel like you can’t go on. You feel that everyone would be better off without you. You feel like you couldn’t possibly get any lower than you are right now. What do you do? Well now you can reach out to your phone and open the ‘Hub of Hope’ app. The app then pinpoints your location and reveals the nearest places for help and the right people to speak to. Online, on the phone, via text message – help is out there. For people who are in crisis, who feel like there is nowhere to turn, there is the Hub of Hope. We know that for some people, the Hub of Hope is the only thing that pulls them back from the edge. That’s why we are excited to announce that we have become an Ambassador of Hope organisation, working with the app’s founders, Chasing the Stigma, to support the residents of Lancashire at a critical time. Tell me more about the Hub of Hope? The Hub of Hope is the country’s first nationwide mental health database, which brings help and support together in one place. The app will help people to find much needed support using their phone’s location to find key services and organisations. Whether it’s someone to talk to or a ‘safe place’ to visit, there is always help available. What is an Ambassador of Hope? To become an Ambassador of Hope we have undertaken the Ambassador of Hope training, an accredited mental health course which focuses on how to talk about mental health, how to effectively signpost those who need help and how to deal effectively with a person having a mental health crisis. The first people to receive training were our referral and triage teams and Senior Management. Other Ambassadors of Hope currently include Everton Football Club and The Regenda Group (construction and social housing). Connecting Services As an Ambassador of Hope, we will be working in partnership with Chasing the Stigma to gather all Lancashire-based mental health services under the under one roof, via the app. We will also be spreading the word about this revolutionary new app across our region. The Hub of Hope app will bridge the gap in terms of service provision, as we only have funding to provide free statutory advocacy in Lancashire. The app combined with our Ambassador of Hope training will signpost people in crisis to the services that can potentially save their lives. We will be using our charity’s 20 year knowledge of this ‘support network’ to populate and update the Hub of Hope database. When completed, Lancashire residents will be able to access live information about mental health services in their local area, particularly when they are struggling and feel like they have nowhere to turn. This collaboration is another way of supporting people in Lancashire that have reached crisis point. However, it is only the beginning, and we see an exciting future with our patron Jake, Chasing the Stigma and the ground-breaking Hub of Hope app. Chasing the Stigma CEO, Jake Mills, said: “I am delighted that Advocacy Focus have become the first Ambassadors of Hope within the third sector. They are an organisation who truly understand the importance of inspiring hope in others. Hope of an alternative. Hope that you are never alone. “I think it is evident in their approach that becoming an Ambassador of Hope is not just a gesture, it is commitment. The Connecting Services project shows just what can be achieved with a joined-up approach. By working together, we can make a real difference.” Download the Hub of Hope here.