Meet Sam, a 15-year-old student from Bedford. She has never met her birth father, and her mother is desperate to find a way to support her daughter’s mental health and emotional wellbeing but doesn’t know where to start. 

Sam’s diet consists of mainly processed food, soft fizzy drinks, burgers and sweets, mostly because it’s easier than having arguments each mealtime. 

There is no regulated time for her to be in bed and asleep.

She lacks confidence at school, and though it has never been diagnosed, she shows all the signs of having ADHD – She seems unable to sit still and concentrate on any one task; she is constantly forgetting things and often acts without thinking first. 

Sam is seen as a disruptive influence and is ‘tolerated’ by teachers. She can be prone to bouts of aggression. She is used to ‘coping’ on her own and finds it hard to trust anyone. She feels anxious whenever she is asked to participate in class activities and acts out to avoid being selected.

Since Covid, Sam has been unable to see her friends. What there was of a relationship with her mother has deteriorated. Sam feels mentally trapped and is desperate for an escape… 

Picture Sam in your mind. Do you know anyone like her?

Luckily, Sam is fictional, but there are millions of children across the UK (in fact, one in every six) who can relate to some – if not all – of Sam’s life.  Unfortunately, finding support for young people like sam can be difficult.

Roughly 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not received sufficient (if any) help at an appropriately early age. Sadly, this isn’t surprising as often the criteria are too strict, and waiting lists are too long for specialised services. When surveyed, only 10 % of GPs were confident that a referral to NHS Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) would result in treatment. 

We left Sam’s story (above) at a crossroads. She could spiral down, developing unhealthy coping mechanisms such as taking drugs, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and mixing with the wrong crowd. As a result of her lowered resilience and lack of support, Sam may develop a mental illness such as depression. Sadly, 1 in 3 adult mental health conditions relate directly to adverse childhood experiences.


She could benefit from one to one targeted intervention. She could realise that, in fact, she is a gifted artist and, with appropriate support and encouragement, can contribute to class activities. She could even learn to trust others and express her feelings in a safe environment, rebuilding her damaged self-esteem. 

It is because of children and young people like Sam that Bright Paths exist. 

Bright Paths are a dedicated children’s mental health service working with children, young people and their families to help nurture their social, emotional and mental health needs.

We also work with children who present with challenging behaviour and specialise in supporting those with ADHD or ASD struggling in mainstream schools.

How can I improve my child’s mental health? If you need immediate support or general advice, please click here for helpful phone numbers, websites and guidance.

If your child would benefit from 1:1 support, consulting, or guidance, we can help.

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Targeted social, emotional and mental health support for young people in the UK

Bright Paths provide a range of interventions to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. By working closely with parents, carers and schools, our holistic approach nurtures lasting behavioural changes.

We can help in many situations, including supporting those with emerging mental health concerns, low self-esteem or presenting with challenging behaviour.

Being a child-centred organisation, our team pride ourselves on building bespoke intervention plans to suit individual circumstances and ability.

As a result of our mentorship and support, the young people we work with typically experience a steady increase in:

  • Resilience and self-esteem.
  • Improved emotional literacy.
  • Decreased worries, stress and anxiety.
  • Better communication and social skills.
  • Stronger friendships.
  • Mental health awareness
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Bright Paths support for children, young people and families

Bright Paths Support CIC provide targeted emotional well-being support for school and college-aged children. Our team provide support nationwide (remotely) or at the child’s school, a local community venue or, in some instances, the family home.

Our outreach service is available to young people in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and East Buckinghamshire. If you are outside this area or prefer virtual support (perhaps due to social distancing preferences), then we offer an online, targeted zoom intervention service.

Each one to one session is tailored to the young person’s individual needs. Our holistic approach is designed to promote long-term positive behaviour change.


Bright Paths targeted intervention in schools

At Bright Paths, we specialise in aiding young people that present challenging behaviour in addition to providing emotional wellbeing interventions. We are also experienced in helping students with neurological disorders such as ASD and ADHD.

Our interventions are tailored to meet the exact requirements of each student, and we employ a wide range of proven strategies that can typically:

  • Improve emotional literacy and wellbeing.
  • Develop resilience and self-esteem.
  • Break down barriers to learning.
  • Reduce fixed term and permanent exclusions.
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Compassion and integrity before profit

Bright Paths is a community interest company; this means that 100% of our profits are invested back into the company to ensure we can keep providing the very best quality and accessible service to the children and young people in the UK. 

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Get in touch

If you are responsible for the emotional wellbeing of a child or young person, contact us now for a no-obligation consultation to see how we can best help.