12 schools 620 students 21 projects, & counting…

We came into being in 2017, as an organisation advocating for new ways of thinking about mental health.

Our mission is create a world where everyone has the tools to maintain a healthy identity as they move through life.

And we’re well on our way: collaborating with a range of London schools and community organisations, we’re building a model that gives young people an opportunity to develop emotional intelligence and self awareness as part of their everyday life.

Our values

Growth

We believe that mental health isn’t a fixed concept, but a dynamic experience. And that it’s shaped by the quality of our relationships with ourselves and the world. We reflect constantly on how we’re doing and the impact we’re having. We work steadily to evolve and share our progress as we go.

Collaboration

By sharing ideas and insights with each other, we can overcome challenges and find new ways forward. We tap into the vast and varied knowledge and experience available to us. We listen, ask questions, and elevate voices, to help shape new systems that support emotional and mental wellbeing.

Opportunity

No matter how chaotic and uncertain life gets, opportunity can be found. We work to create spaces where meaning can rise from difficulty. So that we can bring hope to the lives of young people in our society, creating a future that values the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

  • Bea Herbert

    Founder and Director Bea founded States of Mind in 2017, driven by a desire to create change in how our society speaks about and supports experiences of emotional distress. She specialises in co-creating projects that enable young people to design innovations for wellbeing. Drawing on her training in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy, Bea is the Project Manager and Lead Facilitator at States of Mind.

  • Michael Norton

    Director Michael has dedicated his life to enhancing society and empowering young people through social entrepreneurship. Michael founded the Directory of Social Change , Changemakers, YouthBank UK and Unltd. He received an OBE in 1998 for services to the voluntary sector. Michael has supported the development of States of Mind since it’s inception and oversees the delivery of States of Mind’s social action projects.

  • Chris Bagley

    Director of Research Chris is an Educational Psychologist who works with the most disadvantaged members of society; those whose voices are ignored or minimised in public debate. His doctorate thesis and published articles shine a light on how the most vulnerable young people and families struggle to cope within the confines of our inflexible education system. Chris believes in promoting reform by listening to young people, parents, professionals and academic research. Chris leads on States of Mind’s research projects.

  • Tempe Nakiska

    Creative Director

    Tempe is an editor and creative consultant who lives between London and Melbourne. Formerly the Editor at HERO and HEROINE magazines and Brand Manager at The Collective, she has applied her background in lifestyle journalism to her passion for new ways of living and supporting wellbeing. Tempe guides our brand storytelling, as we share our mission and work with the world.

  • Ella Gregory

    Social Development Lead

    Ella has personal experience with CAMHS and as a result is dedicated to reforming approaches towards mental health. Ella is the co-creator of our new online course. She believes that transforming how we talk about and view our minds and feelings can influence the rest of our lives by helping us to connect, solve problems and thrive.

  • Camille Pellicer

    Journalist

    Camille has an MA in Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries at Central Saint Martins. With a background in journalism, producing and directing, her work focuses on telling the story of the human experience. Camille produces creative content for States of Mind and connects with emerging young artists who connect with our values and mission.

Who we’ve worked with

Stay Tuned

To find out about some of the projects we’ve been collaborating on with our partners, head
 to our News & Events page, or comtact us to find out how we can collaborate.