The Emotional Wellbeing Service is a community based service commissioned by East London Foundation Trust.  The service offers support to children and young people in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

We employ a multi disciplinary team of clinicians from backgrounds such as clinical psychology, family therapy, social work and counselling, who offer short term support using evidence based programmes. The service offers group support for some presenting issues.

We work closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) teams who support moderate to severe mental health difficulties, to ensure all children and young people are offered assessment and support by the most appropriate service.  Additionally, we work closely with many other local agencies and offer a signposting service when we feel support would be advisable from another agency, either at the time of referral or post assessment.

There are a number of downloadable information leaflets on our website in our ‘Downloads’ area. Please refer to this information in the first instance as this information will give you strategies to try prior to making a referral.

Service User Testimonial

Young person:

“A few years ago my life changed dramatically and seemed to have been turned upside down as I found myself battling depression and anxiety. After struggling for a while, my GP referred me to CHUMS where I began a 6 week course of CBT with Hannah Baron.  At this point, I was taking medication in conjunction with my CBT sessions to fight my struggles from all angles.

After a few months, I started to feel better and felt that I had more control over my emotions as well as my mental health. This was all thanks to the wonderful help and support CHUMS had provided for me. I will forever be grateful for the help I received and will always recommend CHUMS to anyone else who is struggling or going through a tough time.

I owe CHUMS a lot as they taught me that it’s okay to not be okay, it’s also okay to find things hard as there is always something that can be done to overcome whatever problems we face. CHUMS also taught me that I was not alone. I found the support I needed as I was guided through my tough times and I have come out the other side, a stronger, more in control person as a result of my previous struggles.

Thank you for everything you have done for me, I have learnt so much and have grown so much as a person as a result of the help CHUMS have given me. Thank you CHUMS!”


“Around 3 years ago my daughter needed some support as she had been feeling anxious and very low and this was starting to have an impact on school and family life.  We went to see our GP and he referred us to CHUMS.  We had to wait a few weeks for the appointments to come through and were ‘Thankful’ when they did.

CHUMS was a life saver at the time.  At first my daughter was a little apprehensive, but once we got to meet Hannah and started talking, things got a whole lot easier.

I was not privy to what went on during the meetings my daughter had with Hannah, I would sit in the waiting room patiently but gradually over the weeks my daughter started to become more comfortable with her feelings and ultimately that started to show in how she regarded me, our home, her friends and her growing confidence with life in general.

I know CHUMS had a large input in how my daughter’s life was changing for the better.  I am so thankful that our GP had been able to refer us to this life saving organisation – not only for my daughter – but for my own sanity as well because as a parent it is very stressful when you can see that your child is so unhappy and you feel so useless you don’t know what to do to help.

Without CHUMS life would have been very stressful and very different.  CHUMS is such a brilliant organisation, it helped us a lot – thank you CHUMS for all of your support.