Who are we?

HeadsUP wants to get everyone talking about their mental health as freely as we talk about our physical health. We work with children and young people, promoting understanding, raising awareness and breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.

What we want to achieve?

Happy, Healthy Children

The three main aims of HeadsUP Mental Health Awareness are:

1. To empower and equip young people to look after their mental health.

2.  To offer support and guidance to schools and youth settings to help with the overall well being of the children and young people.

3. To help children and young people develop a whole set of personal strengths and skills that prepare them for adult life.

The team:

Paula Baker

My name is Paula Baker, I live in Exmouth with my husband and two children. We’re an active family who love being outdoors on the beach, walking and playing sport.

I have more than 15 years experience in the mental health field and over 7 years in an educational environment. I have a Psychology Degree (BSc) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I am also a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider and have diplomas in Life Coaching; Mindfulness for Children and Advanced CBT. I hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate for working with children, teenagers and vulnerable adults. I am Designated Safeguarding Lead (Level 3) trained and have completed Covid-19 Essentials: Infections Prevention and PPE course.

My three passions in life are working with young people, sport and getting people talking about mental health. I’ve combined these passions to create and deliver HeadsUP Mental Health Awareness CIC.

Hi there, my name is Laura Bolon. I live in Worcester with my husband and 2 boys. As a family we share many interests from team sports, walking and cycling to watching films (we love the Marvel collection!) and our enjoyment of cooking and food!

My career began working in schools, primarily with SEN and behaviour inclusion. I moved on to combine this with my other passion and have worked in a Premiership sports club for the last 13 years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a range of people, age groups and settings giving me a diverse range of skills. Throughout all of my work, my main drive has been people.

I am a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider. I am NSPCC safeguard trained and all staff have completed our Covid-19 Essentials: Infections Prevention and PPE course. I hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate for working with children, teenagers and vulnerable adults.

My name is Lucy Burch and I live in Budleigh Salterton, right next to the beach. I’m a really active person and love everything sports related. I regularly enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially playing with my twin nephews.

I have 10 years experience working in an educational setting, 4 of which have been to provide pastoral care and mental health support to secondary school children. I am a mental health first aider and level 3 safeguarding trained.

I am also a level 2 qualified football coach and run an under 9’s girls football team in Exmouth. I am extremely passionate about working with children and helping them with their mental health.

Useful links:

Bridging the gap between Physical and Mental Health

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Online support for young people and parents.
Specialist advice on accommodation, sexual health and counselling.
The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.

Get in touch:

Paula Baker
Mobile: 07976169053
Email: [email protected]

Laura Bolon
Mobile: 07736316481
Email: [email protected]

Lucy Burch
Mobile: 07376613387
Email: [email protected]




We are a Community Interest Company no:11578123 (non-profit organisation).