Meet The Team
Hi, we’re Shy and Lauren, Co-Founders of Young Black Psych.
A social enterprise company specialising in spreading awareness and providing useful, easy-to-use mental health resources for children, young people and families within Black, Asian, dual heritage and minority ethnic communities.
Hover over our pictures to get to know us a little more.
Co-Founder & CEO
Incoming Trainee Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Shy is the Co-Founder & CEO of Young Black Psych Psych, a trailblazing organization committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing among young individuals.
Shy's passion for psychology started at Nottingham Trent University, where he completed his studies in Psychology. He then moved to London to work as an Assistant Psychologist, where he gained invaluable experience in working with children and adolescents.
Driven by his desire to make a positive impact in the lives of young people, Shy trained in Therapeutic Play at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, and in the Solihull Approach for working with families. His dedication to his craft saw him progress to work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as a practitioner delivering a range of individual and group therapeutic work.
Outside of his role in the NHS, Shy is a podcaster, fitness enthusiast and Tavistock and Portman university student in the preclinical stages of his journey into becoming a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. With his diverse range of interests, he brings a unique perspective to his work, which is reflected in the innovative approach taken by Young Black Psych.
Shy is an advocate for mental health and is committed to raising awareness of the issues faced by young Black individuals. His passion for his work is infectious, and he is dedicated to empowering young people to achieve their full potential. Through his work with Young Black Psych, he is making a significant impact in the field of mental health and wellbeing.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Lauren is a First Class BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate from the University of Hertfordshire.
She enjoys using her artistic and creative skills such as design, photography and illustration to create innovative and unique content.
Besides running and designing for Young Black Psych, Lauren is also a freelance Graphic Designer, specialising in logo & brand identity, product design and video editing.
Maya is a Digital Curator and Psychology
graduate from the University of Huddersfield.
Over the course of her studies, she completed modules in social, contemporary, developmental, behavioural and clinical psychology as well as states of consciousness and research methods.
During her time at university, she joined Pole Fitness and needless to say, she loved it from the very first lesson. This took her out of her comfort zone, and she met so many amazingly strong and resilient women. She went on to become the clubs president.
Her role as Digital Curator will include crafting blog posts on a variety of different topics that are interesting, informative, and insightful, from mental health to concepts and phenomena that address how to improve your well being.
We have put together a little timeline of our achievements for you to follow...
We officially launched Young Black Psych as a company.
We reached our £5k target on our Kickstarter campaign.
We launched the pre-sale for our first mental health resource.
First batch of 50 orders ready to be posted!
We began selling our A-Z Coping Strategy Cards in Inspitafields, London. Officially one year after launching!
We collaborated with Black Brits UK once again to be a part of their Easter Market.
We partnered with Sangita, Owner of Happy Souls UK as an official Young Black Psych stockist.
Guest speakers for the Redbridge Race & Equality Awareness Scheme.
We attended our first Christmas market stall in collaboration with Black Brits UK.
Shy was invited to speak on the panel of the Young Change Makers Event. This programme is created by UK Youth, Diana Award & Centre for Mental Health and aimed at equipping young people with the tools to produce youth-led social action projects aimed at tackling these mental health inequalities.
Lauren, our Creative Director, led our first community project: Meet the Customers.
We launched our KS1 and KS2 lesson plans in collaboration with Now and Beyond for the UK’s first Mental Health festival for schools.
We won Mental Health Advocate of the Year 2022 during the Inside Out UK Awards.
We spoke about our work with Now and Beyond, and how others can get involved in their Mental Health Festival for Schools in 2023