Mental health information for parents
Young Minds are “the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health”.
Parent’s support page includes
The #Take20 Parents’ Hub : Talking to your child about how they’re feeling can be hard. By taking 20 minutes with them to do an activity you’ll both enjoy, you’ll create a relaxed space to start that conversation. Here are lots of fun activity ideas, conversation starters and handy tips, advice and resources to make talking easier.
Parents Guide To Support A-Z : Our A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing. We’ll also show you where you can get help.
Parents Lounge : Our Parents Helpline experts give their advice and tips on a range of topics chosen by you, from how to have difficult conversations with your child, to managing anxiety in children.
Parents Survival Guide : Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.
Parents Helpline : Worried about a child or young person? Call our free helpline for confidential, expert advice.
Call the Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are a children’s mental health charity who have been developing and delivering pioneering mental health care for over 60 years. “Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We will continue to promote resilience and wellbeing in children, young people and families, as we have for over 60 years.” https://www.annafreud.org/parents/
Resources: for parents, by parents
Going forward, this page will offer resources and support for parents/carers that are co-designed and co-created by our Parent Champions and staff and the Centre.
Become a Parent Champion
Our Parent Champions support us to ensure that the views and experiences of parents and carers help shape how we deliver our mental health services.
We’re always on the lookout for mums and dads who are passionate about mental health and are interested in contributing to our projects and services. If you are a parent and have experience of caring for a child with mental health difficulties, or perhaps have experienced mental health issues yourself, we’d like to hear from you.
T: +44 (0)20 7794 2313
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.
Our vision is of a world where people understand and talk openly about depression, where young people know how to maintain wellbeing, and where the most appropriate treatment is available to everyone who needs it. https://www.cwmt.org.uk/
They offer information guides free of charge for parents on the following topics:
Coping with self-harm
Coping with self-harm, a guide for parents and carers
A parent’s guide to depression
GCSE well-being guides
GCSE well-being guides for teachers, pupils and parents
No Harm Done
Three short films, co-created with young people, parents and professionals, reflecting their real-life experiences of self-harm.
Mind You – South Gloucestershire’s mental health and emotional wellbeing hub for young people. http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/mind-you/
Offers national and local information for parents/carers:
Parenting can be the most rewarding and the toughest of jobs. We all want our children to be healthy and happy. Thinking about your child’s mental health and helping them to develop their ability to cope with life’s challenges is one of the most important things you can do.
Children with positive mental health are more likely to have good physical health and achieve academically, and are less likely to misuse drugs and alcohol.
Below you will find information, services and resources created especially for parents. Resources include how to support your child as well as how to look after your own well-being.
You can find information on specific mental health issues within the children’s and young people’s sections.
- Signs to look out for
- Off the Record – support for you and for young people
- South Gloucestershire’s mental health carers support group
- Carers Support Centre
- South Gloucestershire parents and carers with children with a special educational need and/or disability (SEND)
- Jigsaw Thornbury
- The Wellbeing College – courses for your wellbeing
- Place2be – resources for parents and carers