WE ARE BLURT, AND WE’RE DEDICATED TO HELPING THOSE AFFECTED BY DEPRESSION.
The Knowing Nod
Think of us as the knowing nod. You’ve seen it – a slight bob of the head, often accompanied by a smile. A little movement that says, “I understand”, “I’m listening” and “I’m here for you”. That’s us.
We really understand how devastating depression can be. Jobs come to an end, relationships break down and lives can be lost, all through the effect of depression. That’s why the work we do here at Blurt is so important – it not only changes lives, but saves them.
Let’s talk about it
It is difficult, but talking about depression is really important. We think people who’ve experienced it know best, so we’re passionate about peer support – connecting those who have been through depression with those who are currently struggling, to provide reassurance and comfort during a very scary time. It’s that knowing nod thing again.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we’re working hard to get that message out there. We raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help. We work closely with medical practitioners, employers, schools and companies to help them understand depression, what it means and how they can support those affected by it.
Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Being diagnosed can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn and plenty of prejudice to battle. Telling people is tough, and not everyone will understand. That’s why we’re here for you, whenever you need us, for anything at all.
We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. We’ll help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.
The stuff we do here at Blurt is vitally important, and we want to carry on doing it. Here are our strategic priorities for 2016/17:
- Increase awareness and understanding of depression
- Develop peer support networks
- Collaborate with partners to facilitate learning and innovation
- Strengthen revenue streams to create a more planned and sustainable future
The Blurt Team
We’re a small but mighty team with a couple of awards under our belt – we won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2012 and were shortlisted for the Mind Mark Hansen Digital Media Award in 2013. We’ve got a real desire to change the conversation around depression, but we couldn’t do what we do without our Development Advisory Group. Let us introduce you to them…
Founder and CEO
Jayne Hardy, Blurt’s Founder and Chief Executive, lost most of her twenties to depression. At the height of her illness she was unable to work, leave the house or even undertake the most basic acts of self-care – she lost a tooth because she didn’t feel worthy enough to clean them.
During this dark time, one of the things Jayne struggled with most was the feeling of isolation. She had cut herself off socially for fear of being a burden, and found it extremely difficult to talk to loved ones about her depression because of the great deal of shame she felt. With long waiting lists for counselling, and face-to-face support groups too daunting to attend, Jayne was left to cope with her condition alone.
When Jayne founded Blurt in 2011, her chief goal was to prevent others from feeling such isolation. Having experienced first-hand the powerful connections that could be fostered via social media, Jayne deliberately focused Blurt’s activities online – providing interim support for those
struggling with depression and challenging the stigma around mental health.
Jayne’s innovative use of the Internet to bring about positive social change was recognised from the off. She won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2011, and last year was included in Marketing Magazine’s list of Top 10 Digital Mavericks. A proud mum to two-year old Peggy, Jayne was also shortlisted as Most Inspiring Business Parent in the mumandworking 2015 Awards. Most recently, Jayne has been mentioned as one of 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations and has spoken at TEDxBrum about her experiences.
I'm passionate about connecting people with other people who have shared similar experiences but also in raising awareness and understanding of depression.
I truly believe that starting conversations about depression, not only empowers and educates, but it saves lives.
Public Relations Manager for the RNLI in the South West
I first met the Blurt team back in 2012, and with a background in Public Relations was delighted to help in a small way towards building their profile in the media. Drawing constant inspiration from their determination, enthusiasm and creativity to achieving such a huge amount for such a small organisation, it’s a pleasure and a joy to be part of the team.
Development Manager, New Continental
I have been a fundraiser for 10 years for a range of organisations, and first met Blurt in 2011 when I was blown away by their passion and commitment to support those affected by and dealing with mental health issues. So captivated by their vision to stamp out the stigma attached to mental health, I am thrilled to be able to support and guide Blurt in a small way.
Founder and director of Iridescent Ideas and Chair of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network
Everyone has mental health. For some it is good, for others it is not so good and this can have a dramatic effect on people’s lives. For too long mental health has been a taboo subject and we need to talk and think about it in a similar way to ‘physical health’. I love the way Blurt encourages discussion and debate and provides support for people experiencing or recovering from poor mental health. Blurt does a tremendous amount of work, particularly using social media, and I’m happy to be involved providing support and advice when needed.
Partner at Francis Clark
Having known Jayne for years (we trained as accountants together you know!) I'm honoured to have been asked to be part of the Blurt Board. Blurt's passion for tackling depression and helping individuals both root and branch as they learn to cope is something I really admire and respect. Being the professional bean counter within the group I ask more of the financial questions but not just "can you afford it?!" but often help with ideas in how to grow the company and solve problems to help development.
Managing Director at Gammaray
I found out about all the great things that the Blurt Foundation do through a good friend of mine and felt extremely proud when asked to be part of the Blurt Development Advisory Group. I love the way the guys tackle the issue of depression by turning it on its head and really focusing on the positives. Working in the advertising industry, you get used to seeing the stereotypical black and white poster with a person sitting in the corner of the room alone with their head in their hands but talking to Jayne, it was great to learn how they approach the stigma of depression and how, through working together, we can help tackle a subject matter that has affected people very close to us all.
Awards and Shortlist
Marketing Magazine top 10 Digital Mavericks of 2015
A complete honour to see our Founder, Jayne Hardy, in this list – a list of women who, together, make up Marketing’s Digital Mavericks, in association with Monster, have managed to overcome any such obstacles to achieve success on their own terms.
They have a variety of backgrounds, experiences and expertise, and their achievements underline the opportunities that lie ahead for the next generation of talent.
Shortlisted in the Most Inspiring Business Parent 2015 award category
It’s an absolute pleasure to see our Founder, Jayne Hardy, shortlisted in this category in the mumandworking 2015 Awards, hosted by NatWest.
Shortlisted in the Mind Media Awards 2013
We were extremely honoured to be shortlisted in The Mark Hanson Digital Award Category, in 2013.
TalkTalk Digital Hero 2011
Our CEO, Jayne Hardy, was the proud winner of this award in 2011.
The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in association with Citizens Online and The Mirror and backed by Go ON UK, was the UK’s first scheme recognising people who harness the internet to bring about positive social change.