Advisory Board

Joanna Nicolas

Child protection and safeguarding for 28 years. She is a child protection social worker by profession. Board member of Cafcass

“It is well recognised there is a huge need for mental health support for young people, and extremely limited provision. Hidden Strength fills that void, as well as providing a one-stop shop for positive and constructive resources that focus on mental wellbeing. I consider myself extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with an organisation that is so focused on positivity and improving young people’s well-being and very excited to be part of something that is unique in what it offers its community – offering qualified and registered therapists 24/7 is an extraordinary offer.”

Dr Dawn Harper 


Dr Dawn Harper is a practicing NHS GP and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. A member of the Royal College of Physicians

“Working as an NHS GP, I have seen a worrying increase in the number of young people suffering with mental health issues in recent years. The effect of the pandemic has sadly exacerbated the problem, so I was delighted to be asked to join the team at “Hidden Strength”. The Hidden Strength App is a unique “one stop shop” for mental health and well-being for teenagers and young adults allowing them to access reliable support in a safe and secure way. “

John Cameron


John was previously Director of Childline and Head of Child Protection Operations at the NSPCC

“In the world in which children have greater familiarity with online services, engaging with friends on online and at risk of being exposed to harmful material, the importance of utilising children’s preferred methods of contact and providing a child focused assessable supportive digital platform cannot be underestimated.  The uniqueness of the Hidden Strength App is an illustration of a significant reassuring evolutionary jump through the provision of support for children and young people online, providing the very opportunities children and young people need. “

Dr Jai Shree Adhyaru

HCPC Registered Chartered Psychologist Service implementation specialist (NHS, CAMHS)

“HS provides an alternative social media platform – one that is led by experts in the field of mental health and wellbeing with content specifically designed for this cohort; one that promotes evidence-based advice and guidance for young people and one which provides access to specialist help that is readily accessible when young people need it. In a time of increasing social media interaction, HS offers a safe and supportive forum with a focus on wellbeing that is essential for young people growing up in a context of ‘filtered reality’.”