Headstrong is a project led by Youthscape and supported by the Mind and Soul Foundation
Youthscape works to see every young person reached with the transforming love of God. We believe that this can only be achieved through the local church’s engagement in their communities, and so we focus on inspiring, resourcing and training those churches for the task of reaching and serving young people. With nearly 30 years of grass roots experience in our home town of Luton, we know that teenagers have complex and diverse needs, and so alongside our focus on spiritual development, we also champion the church’s positive engagement with young people’s mental and emotional well-being. Headstrong is the umbrella name for our projects and resources in this vital area.
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 Headstrong team
Kate is a psychologist, Mum of 2 and director of the Mind & Soul Foundation as well as content consultant for 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.
Laura is the Project Manager for Headstrong. She's a qualified youth worker with 20yrs experience of working with young people. She is currently studying for a Counselling qualification (alongside studying Equine Care and Psychology!). She's mainly found searching for a WiFi signal (she live in the middle of nowhere!. Fuelled mainly by coffee.
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.