A MENTAL health and wellbeing platform for adults has passed more than 1.3 million web visits as it marks its first anniversary this month.
RotherHive — Rotherham’s first online site of its kind — provides a range of verified, practical tips and advice, as well as local, national and online services, organisations and groups that adults in the borough can access all in one place.
During its first year, the website — developed by the NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) — has reached 15.5 per cent of the area’s adult population.
Dr Richard Cullen (pictured, above right), GP and chair of NHS Rotherham CCG, said: “We have experienced a difficult year and mental health is not only relevant, but now crucial.
“This year, adults in Rotherham have faced many challenges impacting on their mental health and wellbeing.
“With the pandemic disconnecting many from family and friends with self-isolations and national lockdowns, the numbers of those suffering from issues such as debt, bereavement, anxiety and depression has meant the demand for local mental health support has increased.”
Dr Cullen said it was fantastic to know the website had been accessed by a large percentage of adults in Rotherham, ensuring they had the information and advice they needed to help themselves, a friend or family member.
He added: “It has also been a vital resource for local GPs and nurses in helping our patients to get the help and support they need throughout the pandemic.”
Dr Cullen said the website was continually evolving to cater for the user’s needs, with the platform having now launched a Wellness Hive, which includes downloadable activities and resources to maintain healthy wellbeing.
There are also new support pages covering debt, self harm, neglect, depression, anxiety and stress.
Cllr David Roche, chair of the Rotherham health and wellbeing board, said: “RotherHive is an excellent resource for people to find support and information around mental health.
“Mental health is as important as physical health and anything that can be done to help people to stay healthy is welcome.”
Visit rotherhive.co.uk for further information.