History & Awards “A few years ago, I was struggling badly with my mental health to the point where I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I was off work for several months and I needed some extra support. When you’re struggling with your mental health, feeling isolated is the worst thing. But at the Hub, I met other people who were going through similar experiences, so I didn’t feel so alone.” (Clare, Hub client) Our History During the 1980s, a small group of mothers, with children who had mental health problems, started meeting informally as they were concerned about the lack of mental health services in the community surrounding the Tunbridge Wells area. In 1993, this group of residents realised their vision to build a new mental health resource centre, a safe and caring environment for people suffering from mental ill health, to increase their self-confidence and feel a full and valued member of society. That same year, they established 'Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource Ltd' (MHR)', now known as Mental Health Resource. With funding from Kent County Council, we first opened The Hub (originally called the 'Resource Centre') on the 10th November 1995. In it's first year, the Hub supported 25-30 people but as we grew, so did our services. Last year, we supported 947 people who have a wide range of mental health issues, ranging from anxiety and depression to bi-polar and borderline personality disorder. A timeline of our services 1993: Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource is established. 1995: The Hub is opened on 10th November. 1996: Our first Reachout group was launched. 1997: Our Assert project (IMHA and Community Advocacy) was launched. 2016: With funding from the Combined Members Grant, we were able to launch a pilot Reachout Youth project in Tunbridge Wells and Edenbridge. 2017: With funding from the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Fund, we opened our out-of-hours Serenity Cafe. 2019: Re-launched as 'Mental Health Resource'. Recognition of our work We are delighted to be recognised for our achievements in providing safe spaces and person-centred mental health support in our community to help people improve their wellbeing. Love Where We Live Awards Finalist for 'Charity of the Year' - 2020. Kent Charity Awards Winner 'Disability Charity of the Year'- 2019 Gerald Turley Recognition Award to acknowledge the impact and benefits we deliver to our community - 2018 Love Where We Live Awards Finalist for 'Charity of the Year' - 2018. Special Recognition Award for our Founding Director, David Hardie in the 'Love Where we Live' - 2018.