About us and our key allies
Headucationuk is a national initiative led and wholly funded by global mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation.
Set up by Adam Shaw, philanthropist, author and ex-sufferer of OCD, anxiety and depression, and clinical psychologist Dr Lauren Callaghan, The Shaw Mind Foundation is passionate about tackling the stigma associated with mental health issues, and about helping those who suffer from such debilitating illnesses.
The Shaw Mind Foundation want to build a UK that is open and honest about mental illness, where mental health issues don’t blight the lives of children, adults, and families, or overburden the NHS and the economy. And that is why they are starting at the beginning – with the education of our children, via their ‘Mental Health in Education’ crusade: HeaducationUK.
“The state of mental health care in the UK is a hot topic. The speech delivered by Theresa May in January 2017, stating that the government would provide more mental health support for young people, was encouraging – but The Shaw Mind Foundation and our key allies don’t think that it was enough to address mental health issues for the UK in the long term.
You can invest as much money as you want into additional teacher training and first aid for mental health, but the fact is that children are very good at hiding mental health issues, and therefore suffer in silence. That’s what I did, that’s what our HeaducationUK ally, Jonny Benjamin MBE, did. Sufferers don’t and won’t open up. When we do, it’s usually because we’ve gone beyond breaking point.
(Pictured left: Adam Shaw).
Along with our key allies, The Shaw Mind Foundation is petitioning the government to place just as much importance on mental health education as we do on physical health. We believe mental health education needs to be compulsory in all UK schools.
Compulsory mental health education will engender a more aware, more proactive society that is no longer afraid of mental health issues. It will give children the confidence to speak out during their childhood and into adulthood, as they progress into the workplace and go on to have their own families. Without good mental health, we have nothing. We will not prosper. It should be the most fundamental part of the education system.
That is why we need our HeaducationUK crusade. We must go back to the beginning, to the very root of this epidemic, by implementing compulsory mental health education into all schools in the UK” Adam Shaw, Founder – The Shaw Mind Foundation.
The Shaw Mind Foundation also has a dedicated section on the website for children and young people. Here you can meet the real star of our charity (sorry, Adam!) – Skeet.
Sometimes Skeet has unusual behaviour, but he is very loveable and kind. Skeet suffers from his own mental health challenges and he is not afraid to face his issues head-on.
He is a loveable character who appears in the children’s version of our award winning books.
Alongside The Shaw Mind Foundation, our key allies are;
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences they campaign, research and influence policy and practice.
Children and young people with mental health problems are at the heart of everything YoungMinds do. Their voices are central in their lobbying and influencing work. Their young campaigners share their own experiences with professionals and policy makers at a national and local level to improve to improve mental health services and outcomes for all children and young people.
“Children and young people today face a huge range of pressures, from exam stress to cyberbullying, and all the
evidence suggests that the situation is getting worse. Children should learn about mental health from a young
age to build their resilience, and wellbeing should also be a fundamental priority in every aspect of the education
system. Every teacher should be trained on mental health, and schools should receive funding for wellbeing and
genuine recognition for the work they are doing.” – Sarah Brennan OBE, Chief Executive – YoungMinds
HealthUnlocked is a social network for health, offering a peer-to-peer support network of patients, caregivers and health advocates to connect safely online with guidance from credible organizations and institutions. Members can talk about their experiences of conditions, symptoms, treatments, and health services.
HealthUnlocked believe good health information is good for your health. HealthUnlocked has been built to get good support to the people who need it.
“We believe that raising awareness around mental illness and ensuring everyone has access to support is absolutely fundamental. We are delighted to formally back HeaducationUK, educating all young people about mental health within schools. By sharing more experiences and knowing how to support one another we can break isolation and improve lives for millions of people.” – CEO and Co-Founder of HealthUnlocked, Jorge Armanet
The Shaw Mind Foundation are proud to sponsor the ‘Depression Support’ community on HealthUnlocked, with more than 14,000 members accessing our help and support.
Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn
We also have established mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn as our allies for HeaducationUK.
Both Jonny and Neil are also heavily involved with the Heads Together initiative (a coalition of mental health and suicide prevention charities set up by Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry).
Jonny and Neil featured in the 2015 Channel 4 documentary The Stranger on the Bridge about how Neil talked Jonny down from Waterloo Bridge, where Jonny had been poised to end his life after battling with schizoaffective disorder.
Jonny is also a producer, with several BBC and Channel 4 TV documentaries on mental health under his belt.
“Suicide is now the biggest killer of people under 35 in the UK. If it was a physical issue like childhood obesity, we’d have addressed the problem by now. I talk to pupils in schools almost every week and am deeply concerned by the rapidly rising levels of mental illness in children including anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. In this digital age, there is more pressure on young people than ever. The world is moving forwards at an ever-increasing pace, but our approach to educating young people is still lagging way behind. We must make this a priority, or else the next generation will see a silent epidemic of mental health issues that could potentially have been avoided.” – Jonny Benjamin MBE
Dr Lauren Callaghan (CPsychol, PgDip ClinPsych, PgCert, MA (hons), LLB (hons), BA)
Lauren has over 12 years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist treating both adults and adolescents with mental health problems and psychological difficulties in the NHS and private sector.
Lauren has worked for the NHS at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) at the Maudsley Hospital where she was part of the National Services clinical team. In addition to her clinical psychology training, Lauren is an accredited CBT therapist. She is a national level specialist in OCD and BDD and often presents at conferences on BDD, OCD and CBT. Lauren is actively involved in supporting charities such as presenting at national charity conferences, leading support groups, raising money, and leading Twitter hour Q & A’s for the BDDFoundation, OCD UK, and Maternal OCD. Lauren has been involved in the Channel 4’s BAFTA winning Bedlam series about OCD, and has been an expert speaker on BBC radio programmes about OCD.
Lauren has a strong interest in how law and psychology interact and so in addition to her clinical psychology training she has also completed her legal training as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.
Dr Az Hakeem (MBBS, MSc, FSCPsych, MInstGA)
Dr Az Hakeem offers assessments and treatment as a psychiatrist or psychotherapist or a combined approach (medical psychotherapy). He is based at both The Priory Hospital Roehampton and also in Central London at 10 Harley Street.
Dr Az Hakeem worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry & Psychotherapy and in Forensic Psychotherapy. He is a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales (Australia). In addition to his clinical work, Dr Az Hakeem has worked as a consultant to the media on a number of TV programmes both on and off screen.
In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to Psychiatry, Dr Az Hakeem was awarded Fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
After over 15 years of working in the NHS, Dr Hakeem now works exclusively in the private sector.
Dr Sadegh Nashat
Dr Nashat is a chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Family Psychotherapist.
He has more than 15 years’ clinical experience in developmental psychology and child neuropsychology and is also a researcher who has conducted many studies in child psychology.
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