What We Do
For Young People
We educate young people about their innate resilience, mental health and wellbeing through the 10-session iheart Curriculum, a preventative educational programme delivered in schools, universities and other youth settings.
For Facilitators & Teachers
Through the iheart Academy, we train facilitators, teachers and school leaders to develop the knowledge and skills to share our paradigm-shifting approach in mental health and resilience education
We offer a monthly online learning membership, parenting courses, one-to-one sessions and personal development intensives.
Our programme empowers participants to:
- Access the innate wellbeing and resilience that we all possess
- Understand the thinking that drives destructive behaviour
- Practically address real issues encountered daily
We focus on the fundamental logic of how the mind works – and how it doesn’t. This leads to a seminal question: Where do we think our feelings are coming from?
Our felt experience of life is not created by the world around us, but through our minds – what we refer to as the “Power of Thought”. If we think it, we feel it. If we think it, it’s our reality.
Learning about the inseparable connection between Thought and feeling can be a life changing discovery and carries enormous implications, Habitual and unnecessary thought patterns fall away. In their place, insightful understanding, clarity, creativity and quiet mindedness find their way into our lives in very practical, helpful ways. This leads to change and evolution, the realisation of potential and the uncovering of our built-in resilience and innate mental health.
Outcomes & Impact Framework
Young people believe they can overcome adversity and achieve their full potential leading to an increase in:
- Ability to manage difficult situations and deal with setbacks
- Self-esteem and personal confidence
- Coping and conflict resolution skills
Young people experience greater psychological and emotional health, leading to a decrease in:
- Stress, worry, anxiety, low moods and depression
- Feelings of victimisation, loneliness and isolation
- Addictive behaviour and self-harm
Young people become more autonomous independent learners with positive attitudes to learning, leading to an increase in:
- Progress and attainment
- Perseverance, problem-solving abilities and participation
Young people are more able to self-regulate their behaviour, leading to a decrease in:
- Exclusions and truancy
- Disruption (low and high level) and anger
- Frequency of poor/anti-social behaviour such as non-participation and aggression
Young people develop tolerance and understanding of others, leading to an increase in:
- Positive and respectful relationships with teachers, peers and family members
- Co-operating with others/teamwork
- Respect for difference, diversity and others’ views
Trustees & Advisors
Chair of Trustees
Having graduated with a law degree from the University of Cape Town and become a mother to four wonderful children, Dana went on to immerse herself in learning about the revolutionary understanding of how the mind works which is the basis for the iheart approach. Inspired by the immense transformational potential of this work, Dana set about co-creating, with Terry Rubenstein, the iheart curriculum for young people. And if you like the name iheart – Innate Health Education and Resilience Training – you can credit Dana; it was her idea!
Chief Commercial Officer at Endava, Julian was one of a very small team of people who over the course of twenty years, helped steer Endava into becoming a global public technology company employing 6500 people. With the experience of a career that has taken on a series of senior sales, marketing and business development roles focusing on IT across a number of industry sectors, Julian brings invaluable expertise to helping iheart navigate its own growth and technological development. Alongside his wife Jacqui – a certified iheart facilitator – Julian has been inspired to help share the iheart message which has deeply touched his own family.
After 15 years in GSK and other major pharma companies, developing and implementing commercial strategies on a local, regional and global scale, Ila co-founded Brand(x), a London based consultancy and communications agency. Having led the business to significant growth until its sale in 2018, Ila has since founded two further consulting companies supporting the pharmaceutical industry and currently works as an executive coach mentoring senior leaders, while also serving as a non-exec chairman. Ila’s commercial and organisational expertise and experience plays a key role in guiding iheart’s strategic direction and implementation of our vision.
For over 35 years Peggy has worked in local government specialising in working with hard to reach communities, young people and their families. She previously led on mental health within Wandsworth Integrated Youth Service and has managed multiple teams including Ending Gangs and Youth Violence, Borough Early Intervention Team, Teenage Parents, and Prevention from Extremism. Peggy currently manages Wandsworth’s Targeted Youth Service teams and has recently been commissioned by a Croydon Pupil Referral Unit to deliver a whole school and family project underpinned by the iheart approach.
For the last twenty years, Branwen has, by choice, worked in inner city primary schools located within areas with high levels of deprivation. Starting as a teacher and culminating in a successful headship in a culturally diverse school with over 60% of children entitled to pupil premium, she has always sought to empower pupils and staff to be confident and fulfilled within the school’s learning community. Underpinned by a focus on the health and wellbeing of children, families and staff, Branwen’s leadership work contributes to developing happy, achieving and well-rounded young citizens of the future.
Professor Tom Kelly
Professor Thomas Kelley, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Tom has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-refereed journal articles, many of which explore cutting-edge approaches to addressing issues regarding resilience and mental health in children and adolescents. With the benefit of over 45 years of professional experience in this field, plus extensive knowledge of similar interventions in the USA and globally, Tom provides essential guidance and input towards the rigorous research and evaluation of the iheart Programme.
Professor Anthony Kessel
A public health physician, medical ethicist and GP, Anthony has led the international health work of the country’s national public health agency as Director of Global Public Health at Public Health England for the past 8 years. As well as being the Honorary Professor of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Professor Kessel has a research portfolio of over 100 publications in areas of public health and medical humanities. Anthony has also authored a children’s book and writes a personal column exploring his global health leadership work through a lens of psychological wellbeing.
Toni is the Founder and CEO of the Schools Counselling Partnership which specialises in providing a counselling service supporting children, schools and families. Moreover, as a qualified Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, who also serves as Attachment Lead for Ealing, Harrow & Tower Hamlets and as an advisory board member for BASE Babywatching, Toni offers great expertise and experience in how to integrate mental health support and solutions within school environments.
An Advisory Teacher for Autism at London Borough of Barnet, Kim has worked as a teacher, SenCo and wellbeing specialist for children and teenagers with special educational needs for the past 17 years. She has extensive experience in primary school education and was part of senior leadership in school for many years. Kim’s knowledge, expertise and experience in providing support for children and families is of great benefit to ihearts’s holistic approach to improving young people’s wellbeing, as is her past work as an Inclusion Manager working with pupils with SEN, EAL and Pupil Premium.
An Education, Research and Development Consultant, Leonie is a retired – but not tired Headteacher. Her lifetime of experience of teaching and leadership in primary and early years included, as National Leader of Education, supporting school improvement in many primaries and setting up and directing a National Teaching School EYELA – Early Years Excellence Learning Alliance. Leonie’s vast knowledge of the educational field has been crucial in advising iheart on curriculum development, Ofsted requirements, school leader priorities, teaching practises and pupils’ needs.
A Teach First Ambassador, mental health and well-being champion, and advocate for educational reform, Arron is currently a Head of Department/Head of Year at a large secondary school in North London. Alongside being the school-lead for the iheart Programme, Arron’s pedagogical insights and experiences in working in other London inner and outer schools place him in a strong position to advise and support the implementation of iheart’s holistic educational vision. Having been inspired by and seen first-hand the impact of iheart, Arron believes that all students and teachers can benefit from the innovative curriculum.
A senior Business Director at Ogilvy, one of the world’s most prestigious advertising agencies, Ryan is an award-winning executive with vast experience in the fields of Advertising, Marketing, Brand Stewardship, Media and PR. Having led accounts such as Audi, Caterpillar, IBM, Inmarsat and Rolls-Royce, Ryan’s expertise, passion and knowledge is of great value to iheart as we continue to expand our vision, footprint and impact.
Dr Andrew Solomon
A Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology at East and North Herts NHS, Andrew initially trained at Oxford Medical School, graduating with distinction. He was a research fellow at the Royal Free Hospital/UCL leading to a doctorate in medicine and is currently the Clinical Audit Lead for a team of senior health professionals. Having been involved in medical research for a number of years, including multiple published papers and book chapters, Andrew provides essential expert input into our ongoing evaluation processes and research projects.