From a very young age, Directors of Little Beam Ltd, Kerry Hearsey and Tracey Lawrence, both struggled with Mental Health and found themselves navigating a lonely place of stigma, misunderstanding and longing for support.
It was through this passion of helping and supporting others that the Little Beam Foundation was born as a way to provide children and young adults with access to support through Art, Education, Health, Play, Sport and Music – a way to escape the mind whilst seeking and waiting upon the medical care that can often be delayed.
At the age of 18, Kerry was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Having been through various medical channels, waiting for help and guidance, the struggle became too much with extreme suicidal thoughts and implications. Having been hospitalised twice in a psychiatric unit in the high-risk unit and receiving crisis care team support around the clock, Kerry experienced first hand the difficulties faced when seeking help and support to feel better.
The Little Beam Foundation came about because I truly felt, at different points throughout that journey, that these areas helped me to get through life at a time that I really did not want to live. My hope is that if we help just one child or one young adult feel slightly different, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that people can and do get better, and that they can go one more day, or get out of bed, or wash themselves, or connect with someone – it will be worth it.
Art, Music, Sport, Play, Education, and Health are all different access points, different portals to getting better – a little step. You never know, it may help someone to open up, it may bring joy to their life, it may bring freedom to a child-carer, it may bring hope back that was a little lost – any step is a HUGE step to someone with mental health issues – hopefully, Little Beam Foundation can help support that step.
Our Vision & Values
The Little Beam Foundation is focussed on supporting all children and young adults struggling with their mental health to access various options of support. This support aims to enrich their life, encourage their communication around mental health and to build a strong foundation of self-belief, self-compassion, and courage.
We do this through access to our grant scheme.
Our grants are as a result of collaborations with individuals, teams and businesses.
We are driven by a passion for togetherness. We know that, if we work together, locally, nationally and globally then we can overcome all barriers.
Based on a mutual respect, Little Beam Foundation are committed to tearing down barriers to support individuals to access the most appropriate support.
To provide grants for children and young adults to gain effective mental health support.
To have a purpose-built Wellbeing Centre to provide regular, appropriate mental health support for children and young adults.