About us

Nip in the Bud® was set up to encourage awareness about mental health disorders in young children. These relatively common problems which begin in childhood and adolescence can have wide-ranging and long-lasting effects, affecting a child’s relationships, their educational attainment and job opportunities. 

If left untreated, they could also develop into serious mental and physical health problems and have significant economic and social costs not just to the individuals and their families, but later in life, to the health and criminal justice system too. With early intervention things can be very different.

Our films illustrate the behaviours common in different conditions in children, along with explanations and information on how to follow up and get help. 

The films are accompanied by downloadable fact sheets explaining the symptoms to look out for, to spot early signs of distress which may require further monitoring.

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death on 16 April 2021 of our co-founder, Daniel Nabarro.

Without Daniel’s vision and determination, Nip in the Bud wouldn’t be what it is or where it is today.

The gap in mental health support for children led Daniel to come up with the concept of Nip in the Bud using short films to raise awareness among teaching staff, parents, carers and others working with primary school children and to highlight the positive benefit of early diagnosis of mental health issues.

Mental health had an immense impact on Daniel and Kitty’s lives as their daughter first displayed OCD symptoms at the age of eight but wasn’t diagnosed until her late teens precisely because there was a lack of information about children’s mental health conditions at that time.

Daniel was chair of OCD Action for six years and was instrumental in moving this forward from a small organisation to a well-established and recognised charity.

Daniel obtained his degree in Electrical Sciences at Cambridge and went on to do an MBA. He then worked in telecommunications research and volunteered at the Samaritans. After working at GEC and Motorola he set up Inter-City Paging in 1982 and in 1998 he set up the pioneering online lingerie company, Figleaves.com.