Are you worried about your child's mental health or behaviour?
Children can experience mental health problems. Childhood and teenage years are a time when rapid changes and developments happen all the time. Children and young people often have to cope with many different situations and unfamiliar challenges like exams, relationships and the other pressures of growing up.
Get advice and support about mental health issues children and young people might experience on the Young Minds website or call their Parents' Helpline free on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about symptoms, possible causes and what you can do to help, with links to further information, resources and other organisations you can contact for support.
'Understanding Young Minds' is a free online course that helps parents to talk about the issue of self harm with their children.
Parental mental health
Many parents who have a mental health problem worry about how this might affect their children. MIND has some suggestions that you can try to help reduce any impact that your mental health problem may have on your children.
The Mental Health Foundation provides advice and support to parents with mental health issues.
Services where your child can get advice and support:
bEAT is an Eating Disorder charity supporting young people for example with anorexia or bulimia which are types of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. bEAT provides information and how to access support. They also have a Youth Line 0345 634 7650 open to anyone under 25.
Childline - information about your own mental health and how to support family members with mental health issues
Coping with loss - watch a video and other advice how to cope when someone dies
DocReady - how to broach the subject of mental health with your GP or health professional
Epic Friends - a site dedicated to addressing mental health issues, and how young people can help their friends who may be struggling to cope emotionally.
Health for Kids - A learning website on health related subjects for children aged 4 – 11 years (and their parents).
Health for Teens - A website developed especially for young people between the ages of 11 – 16 to learn about their health, lifestyle, growing up, feelings and relationships.
Metro - advice for the LGBTQ community including mental health support
Selfharm - information and help about self-harming
Stop Breathe Think - a friendly, simple tool/app to guide people of all ages and backgrounds in relaxation methods and stress relieving mechanisms.
Young Minds - information about many mental health issues and emotional well being.
ChatHealth is a confidential school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19 years, living or attending school in Lambeth and Southwark. Young people can get advice and support about health related issues by messaging a school nurse Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm (automatic bounce-backs respond to incoming messages out of hours). The text number for ChatHealth is 07507 332 150.