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Promoting the emotional resilience of children at risk

HeadStart

HeadStart Newham is a Big Lottery-funded mental health service working closely with schools and the community to transform how young people and their families are supported to stay emotionally healthy. We created a far-reaching brand and suite of digital products, developed every step of the way with input from the young people using them. Visit website
  • Brand identity
  • User experience
  • Digital design
The need to adapt
HeadStart supports young people with emerging mental health difficulties to be more emotionally resilient. The exciting, evidence-based opportunities they provide help to overcome barriers to learning. We were invited to work directly with health professionals and young people, creating an identity and suite of products to inspire, engage and transform.
HeadStart has the ambitious goal to reach every young person in Newham who could benefit from additional support to improve their mental health, resilience and wellbeing.
Insight from the source
From the start of the project we were co-creating with HeadStart’s mentors panel. They helped us get the tone, look and feel and complexity of our solutions right. We met every week testing creative and paper prototyping products to get instant (and very direct!) learnings which fed into the work’s development.
Insight from the source
Attention-seeking, eyeball-grabbing
We developed the HeadStart brand into a flexible family of colours, bold messages and simple, emoji-influenced graphics that spread the word via hyper-local flyposters. These pictograms formed the visual language for HeadStart’s various intervention products
Attention-seeking, eyeball-grabbing
A kit of many parts
We worked with the development team to create the toolkit which trains young people to become HeadStart mentors. These printed handbooks and workbooks feature a wide spread of learning models. Here, HeadStart’s signature illustration style is key to helping understanding of mental health concepts.
A kit of many parts
A friendly one-stop shop
HeadStart lives online across a suite of digital products aimed at engaging both young people and mental health professionals. The design takes its cues from the core identity, with bold colour and messaging to welcome and engage younger visitors.
A friendly one-stop shop
Impact
I really can’t say enough about how great it has been working with your team – your creative guys are seriously on point!”
Charlene Stagon
HeadStart Digital Commissioner & Marketing Lead,
London Borough of Newham