A Preventative Approach to Mental Health

The past few years have been a challenging time for young people. The pandemic directly exposed them to fear, worry, social isolation, distress, loneliness, depression and anxiety, on top of academic challenges such as lack of motivation or access to education.

Despite the return to educational normalcy, young people continue to describe numerous additional concerns including body image, pressure to succeed in exams; bullying, discrimination and exclusion by peers; as well as worry over issues in the news such as climate change, Russia’s illegal war with Ukraine, and financial concerns.

Positive education is an approach to learning that combines the science of positive psychology with traditional education principles, can help young people manage the big emotions that are often generated by these worries.

Our program helps young people flourish by teaching them the skills, tools and strategies that help develop a healthy mindset, build self-esteem and resilience, grow supportive relationships, create frequent positive emotions and experience meaning and purpose.

Research shows that young people who attend schools that embrace this approach experience higher levels of self-confidence and self-efficacy, have better relationships with their peers and teachers, are better able to regulate their emotions, and are better able to cope with the stresses of everyday life.

Vital to our model of positive education is the introduction of positive psychology coaching for young people aged 8 to 18.

Research indicates coaching enhances wellbeing, goal-striving, resilience and hope in young people and adults. It also allows our specialist and accredited coaches to ensure that the young people are able to apply and reflect on the skills they are learning in relation to their personal development and individual challenges.



Organised by your school, our fun interactive workshops help young people build self-awareness, bypass negative judgements and connect with their character strengths.


Online or in-person at school, each young person receives their unique character strengths profile which is used as a foundation for building confidence, resilience, and attainment.

What We Do

"The sessions help me feel calm, and it's useful to have the space to reflect."

"I use the box breathing to help when I feel annoyed, or even lonely, and it helps me relax and go to sleep."

"The sessions have helped me and made me feel different [better]. Just having somewhere to talk and trust that person is good. I think I be nicer and not get as angry and think more positively now."

Here's what our young clients say

"My coaching sessions help me focus on the good things so I don't feel sad. I try harder in lessons - like science - and I know when to start worrying and when it's just me overthinking."

"I enjoyed learning new things like breathing techniques to cope with stress and coping strategies to help me cope with all my worries."

"The box breathing helps me relax, mindfulness also helped me forget about some stuff I get stressed about and the mind trap stuff helped me think more positively."

"My coaching sessions have 'helped me control my anger a bit better', and I now try to control myself before I speak and think about what I am going to say."

"A lot of the time when I could easily get angry I now walk out or ignore it - especially mean banter or comments - because I can block it out or know when it's coming."

"Coaching has helped me become more sociable and more socially intelligent, because I've started leaning towards groups and joining in."

"The sessions have helped me learn to accept who I am, because I'm a lot more positive about who I am, and about life in general now."

"It's helped a lot and it's pretty much got me through my first year of senior school."

"Insults don't really affect me anymore. I've been learning to deal with it and it's been easier to ignore them."

"In order to help our children heal, we must understand and address the differences in their brain, body, biology, and beliefs."

– Dr Karyn Purvis


124 City Road
London EC1V 2NX

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