Headstrong is a project led by Youthscape and supported by the Mind and Soul Foundation
Youthscape are a National Christian youth charity, serving young people since 1993. Based in Luton, Bedfordshire, Youthscape delivers innovative youth work on a UK scale, supporting not only young people but equipping those who work alongside them. Our team are dedicated to serving the emotional, social and spiritual development of all young people in our schools, churches and local communities.
The Mind and Soul Foundation was formed over 15 years ago out of a desire to get the church engaged in issues around mental and emotional wellbeing. It is now recognised as the leading source of information in this field and works cross denominationally and with people of all ages and backgrounds to combine and clearly communicate great psychology, theology and medicine.
The Head Strong team
Kate is a psychologist, Mum of 2 and director of the Mind & Soul Foundation as well as the project director of Headstrong. She's also a church leader in Hertfordshire, author and speaker, and when she's not doing all of that, one of those mad cycling fanatic people. She is not, repeat NOT 'that' Kate Middleton, nor is she married to Prince William, though she does enjoy reading about her good dress sense in the papers.
Jeff is the genius behind the Headstrong site build! He's the technical director of an agency called Seraph who design websites, and he says he started working on websites 20 years ago when all the websites in the world could be listed in a book. This isn't true now, so it keeps him busy. Apparently, he also used to play in a band. We need to ask him more about that sometime ...
Chi-Chi is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS and in private practice, both in London. Chi-Chi commonly sees patients with Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders and trauma-related mental health problems. Chi-Chi is a Director of the Mind & Soul Foundation charity and was the co-host of Forward Thinking, a series on TBNUK exploring wellbeing from a psychological and spiritual perspective.
Gemma has been working on TV since 2003 when she graduated with her First Class Media Performance Degree from The University of Bedfordshire. She began working with CBBC in July 2003 before going freelance in 2007. 2013 saw Gemma join the CBeebies family on BAFTA award winning pirate gameshow 'Swashbuckle'. You can also see Gemma presenting live at Festivals around the UK, including Big Church Day Out and co-presenting the Alpha Film Series for alpha.org.
Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award-winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News.