A Bit About Us
Who are we?
Mindstars is a children's mental health initiative committed to
helping tackle the mental health crisis our children are facing.
Founder, Rebecca Hetherington, started her career in mental health
6 years ago. Through a combination of her passion for mental health,
experience as a counsellor and Psycholgical Wellbeing Practitioner, she
saw the need for alternative ways to better the children's mental health
sector. The NHS services are stretched to their limits due to lack of
government funding, an increase in referrals and public demand.
What are we trying to acheive?
The latest statistics from the government show that 1 in 8 children have a
diagnosable mental health disorder in the UK which is approximately 3
children in every classroom. This is not counting the children that don't fit
diagnostics criteria and perhaps only have mild symptoms. Less than
1 in 3 children with a diagnosable mental health disorder go on to get
treatment within the NHS.
In a survey that Mindstars conducted 99% of parents believed earlier
mental health education in primary school would be beneficial.
Mindstars believe educating our children in mental health and wellbeing from an early age will help to break down the stigma that ours and past generations have struggled with. Prevention is better than a cure! If we start with age appropriate interventions earlier and educate children about mental health, wellbeing and self care before they struggle with it, we will be saving and empowering our future generations.
This would also in turn relieve the pressure our NHS is facing if we can help and educate enough children before they get to crisis point and need treatment.
Our services and products
Mindstars offer a range of products to help educate and empower children to take charge in managing their mental health and wellbeing.
We are also in the process of developing one of the UK's first interactive educational mental health technology apps for children to help de-stigmatise and educate children on mental health and wellbeing age appropriately. All the profits from our mental health and wellbeing products will be put into funding this project.
Our shop will feature various mental health and wellbeing educational books, stories, games, sensory toys and gadgets and as well as our Mindstars branded merchandise!
Our founder, Rebecca Hetherington, has a passion for mental health stemming from her career as a therapist. She's a mum of 2 and enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her spare time. As founder of Mindstars she plays a key role in the company by managing day to day operations. She also has a knack for putting annoying songs in your head for the rest of the day!
Graphic Designer and Illustrator
With us since our founding, Si Hetherington is one of our veteran team members and Rebecca's husband. He brings his years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organisation grow and succeed with his beautiful illustrations and designs. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Around the office he's the 'class clown' and keeps spirits high!