About Us.

Who we are and why we do what we do

Nai's Story

Dené (Nai) struggled with poor mental health from a young age. As she grew up, the daily battles that she courageously fought became more and more challenging. At times during her teenage years she received help from statutory mental health services but she felt that their approach didn't work for her.

In August 2016 Dené was again referred for help from statutory mental health services. She was diagnosed with a personality disorder and assessed as medium to high risk of suicide. She was discharged in November 2016 and advised to self refer for further support.

On the 21st February 2017, aged 22, Dené ended the battle, the war that raged in her head on a daily basis, and she took her own life.

She was a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.

Her passion was helping others, and she was just beginning her journey towards becoming a psychotherapist.

We consider Nai’s House to be Dené’s final gift to all those she would have gone on to help.

More About Us

Our Mission

To reduce suicide, self harm and poor emotional and mental wellbeing in under 30’s by providing suicide prevention and holistic mental health support to offer life saving skills and strategies for now and the future, an increased sense of self and improved quality of life.

Our Organisation

Nai’s House is a blended youth and wellbeing service that offers a new way to access and receive mental health support. Our approach is non-clinical and it has been developed from the view point of the service user. It is backed by research and incorporates many of the ideals that youth consultations and agencies have highlighted a need for. This means we can deliver a service that is flexible and informal in its approach. It is the change that you have been calling for.

Our belief

Prevention is the best approach to investing in the emotional and mental well-being of future generations and in reducing the number of deaths by suicide.

How We Help

We offer consistent, confidential support that is delivered in a non-clinical environment and is tailored to meet individual need.

Our Team

Created and delivered by people powered by passion and by personal experiences, and motivated by the need to ensure that our future generation’s well-being is properly invested in.


Life can be hard enough without the stress and isolation of lockdown restrictions. If you're struggling, we offer remote support and advice on how to cope at this time.


"Nai's House is mega supportive to their clients with holistic support and positive goals."

Our Team

Meet the Nai's House team and find out more about their experience and expertise.
Gem Barrett

Gem Barrett

Dené's mum and the founder of Nai's House. I have many years experience of youth work in both the public and charity sector and am motivated by both my personal and my professional experiences. My role is to manage the day-to-day running of Nai's House and to ensure that we're continuously progressing towards meeting our vision and aims for the future.

Our Network.

Bicester Boxing Club
We are excited to be collaborating with Daza Usher and the Bicester Boxing team on a number of projects aiming to complement and combine physical and mental well-being. Bicester Boxing Club are members of England Boxing and the British Boxing Board of Control.
Preventing Suicide Workshops Ltd
We are proud to be working in partnership with Andrew Russell and Dr Isobel (Izzy) Russell to offer a range of evidence based suicide prevention workshops. Andrew and Izzy share over 40 years of Health and Social Care experience, as well as being experienced trainers.