In 2017 we raised 103,000 signatures during our Headucation campaign for a parliamentary debate which led to compulsory mental health education in schools.  This hugely successful campaign firmly established Shawmind as a champion of mental health in the UK, despite being a fledgling charity. Following on from this, we now focus our energy on equipping teachers to understand anxiety and support their pupils more effectively to deal with it. Whether at school or at work, anxiety is debilitating. It can destroy productivity and takes the joy out of life. We offer a range of training and interventions for both managers and employees. Today we believe that every organisation should be committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of their people and we will do all we can to help them.

Our Work

Whether at school or at work, anxiety is debilitating. It can destroy productivity and takes the joy out of life. We focus our resources on equipping teachers to understand anxiety and support their pupils more effectively to deal with it. We also offer effective mental health support at work to help employees enjoy their working lives and perform at their best. We offer a range of training and interventions for both managers and employees. Today we believe that every organisation should be committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of their people and we’ll do all we can to help them. 

Breathe Youth is a collection of initiatives, training courses and interventions aimed at young people to help them understand and improve their mental health and wellbeing, and to equip parents and teachers to better understand and deal with mental health. Last year we engaged with more than 600 young people ranging from junior school through to college, educating them and encouraging them to become more open about their mental health needs. As the charity that spearheaded compulsory children’s mental health education in the UK, we are determined to improve the mental health of the next generation.

Breathe Café is a relaxed, non-judgmental safe space for active listening partnered with a library of mental health books and signposting to further mental health resources – free of charge and without a GP referral. Open to members of the public of all ages, we partner with sponsors to open Breathe Cafes around the country. The first one launched in Newark in 2019.

ManCave is a monthly get-together for men, a time and place for men to speak about mental health, their challenges, to listen to experts and to share with other men their coping strategies. 3 out of 4 suicides are men – ManCave aims to defeat this.

Our Board of Trustees

Shawmind is a registered charity in England (1167947) and a registered charitable company without share capital (09921207) in the UK. It is governed by a Board of 8 non-connected Trustees, currently chaired by the founder, Adam Shaw. Adam created the Shawmind charity with the heartfelt intent of making a difference to people dealing with anxiety, having himself suffered with anxiety and OCD. View our page on the Charities Commission website.

Adam Shaw - Founder and Board Chair

Dr. James Espey OBE - President

Lauren Callaghan - Clinical

Vaughan Collins - Governance

Nik Goddard - Treasurer

Ian Wallace - Creative

Dr. Az Hakeem - Clinical

Chris Woolston - Strategy

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