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Working for a brighter tomorrow… today

We believe that no child should have to face mental distress alone, and every young person deserves the time and space to explore their thoughts and feelings safely.

Driven on compassion, integrity, creativity and excellence, Bright Paths offers a holistic and ethical mental health service to children and young people.

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Our dedication

Founded in 2021, BrightPaths has partnered with over 30 schools to help children and young people with their mental health. But more importantly, we’ve directly impacted nearly 500 children — with 94% finding our support very helpful, and 92% showing emotional improvement in their SDQ.*

BrightPaths’ dedication aims to create an accessible haven of emotional well-being support, ensuring no child feels unsupported or overlooked.

93%

found our support helpful or very helpful*

92.7%

felt support would make a difference in their lives*

77%

showed improvement across three or more subsets in pre/post-assessment scores

91%

demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the emotional section of impact assessments

97%

made progress towards SMART goals

500 / 30

children and young people / schools helped

* Figures based on children and young people who fully engaged and completed a student evaluation form in their last session.

Did you know...

Mental health problems affect 1 in 6 children in the UK

It is estimated that 60-70% of children and young people suffering from a mental health difficulty have not accessed appropriate intervention at a young enough age.

Early intervention

Half of all lifetime mental health problems emerge by the age of fourteen and 75% by 24.

Early intervention substantially reduces anxiety and depression, and improves factors such as coping mechanisms, resilience and school attendance.

As emphasised in the Government Green Paper on Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services, the urgency of early intervention is paramount. It emphasises the critical importance of ongoing efforts to provide timely support, intervene proactively, and equip young minds to navigate life’s challenges confidently.

Bright Paths’ passionate commitment to early intervention is driven by a fundamental belief: nurturing emotional well-being from the start cultivates resilient futures.

Early intervention is based on the principle that it is better to prevent mental health problems from developing than it is to treat them once they have developed, reach crisis point, and potentially require clinical interventions.

We are committed to implementing early intervention strategies that not only address immediate mental health concerns but also pave the way to a future where proactive and accessible mental health support is integral to every young person’s journey towards holistic well-being.

Our story so far

BrightPaths emerged from the heartfelt dedication of Natashia, our visionary Founder and CEO, in collaboration with her mother, Carol, and our passionate directors. It stemmed from a collective desire to create a haven of accessible emotional well-being support, ensuring no child ever feels unsupported or overlooked.

BrightPaths is far more than just an entrepreneurial endeavour; it is a narrative woven from personal experiences that resonate deeply within each member of our leadership team. It sprang from the profound realisation of an unmet need, a yearning to fill the voids observed firsthand. Born from industry experience, standing witness to the urgent call for support, knowing its critical importance, yet feeling powerless to effect change.

Our journey began not merely with a vision but with a resolute commitment to rewrite the narrative for every child in need, shaping a future where support is not a luxury but an essential right.

Bright Paths' core values

As a holistic and ethical mental health service, we undertake all of our work with the following core values at its heart:

  • Compassion – By bringing empathy and kindness into all we do, we can better understand the needs of the children and young people we work with.
  • Integrity – Solid ethical values of honesty, transparency and authenticity underpin our working practice.
  • Creativity – We employ an open-minded approach and are flexible in our thinking and behaviour. Furthermore, we empower others to do the same.
  • Excellence – Our staff are committed to excellence in service delivery as well as personal development and learning.

Our mission statement

At Bright Paths, our mission is rooted in the belief that every child and young person deserves the opportunity to thrive. We are dedicated to ensuring that all children have equitable access to crucial emotional support precisely when they need it most.

Our proactive approach aims to foster protective factors for mental health and equip children with essential life skills, empowering them to confront life’s challenges with resilience. By providing early intervention and personalised support, we strive to prevent the escalation of current difficulties and enhance children’s mental and emotional well-being across Bedfordshire.

Our commitment to placing children at the forefront of our efforts ensures that their voices shape our services from inception to implementation. Together, we are dismantling barriers, combating stigma, and advocating for a future where every child feels supported, understood, and empowered to navigate their journey towards brighter paths ahead.

Our mission is for all children and young people to be able to access the emotional wellbeing support they need, when they need it, enabling them to build lifelong coping skills, thrive, and bounce back from life challenges.

To provide accessible, early targeted support, therapeutic interventions and workshops for children and young people.

All of the work we undertake has our core values at its heart.

The Goals we have set ourselves to make reaching the possible vision include:

  • To improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people, enabling them to access the support they need when they need it, empowering them to build lifelong coping skills, thrive, and bounce back from life challenges.
  • Raise awareness of mental health difficulties through training and campaigning to reduce the stigma and highlight the need for prevention and early intervention.
  • Helping to reduce barriers to learning by providing high-quality and evidence-based social, emotional and mental health support.
  • Reducing permanent and fixed-term exclusion rates (FTE) in schools by providing an outreach behaviour consultancy service.

To achieve our mission and contribute to the improvement of Children’s social, emotional, and mental health, BrightPaths strives towards the following goals and objectives:

  • Offering accessible therapeutic support to children, young people and families.
  • Actively engaging service users to influence service delivery.
  • To place children at the centre of what we do, involving them in the entire process from initial assessments to final feedback.
  • Offering bespoke and holistic interventions (one to one mentoring and group work) whilst achieving the highest levels of impact.
  • Promoting wellness and working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and teaching children that “It’s okay not to be okay.”
  • Working with schools and local authorities to prioritise referrals from students who are not eligible for other means of support and are from backgrounds in which they are likely to experience ill mental health disproportionally.
  • Raising awareness of mental health and signposting where young people can access additional support.

We believe that no child or young person should have to face mental health problems alone and that every child deserves the time and space to be heard.

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.

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