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Mental Health Resources for Parents and Families

The resources below include results relating to a variety of mental health conditions as well as more general mental health information. To narrow your results to one of these topics, select from the keywords below:

Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Depression Eating Disorders OCD Panic Attacks PTSD

Here are the resources we found for mental health for parents and families:

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

Ken Corish: “Strategies for a Healthy Online Life”

(Featured resource)Ken Corish’s workshop at the HeadStart Conference on Oct. 3rd 2017 explored the relationship between digital technology and mental health in young people, with a particular focus on sleep and self-esteem.

‘We all have mental health’

(Featured resource)‘We All Have Mental Health’ is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it. It’s ideal for young people themselves, for teachers to use as a lesson starter, and for parents or families to start a conversation with a child or young person.

Your Brain on Stress and Anxiety

This video explains in physiological and neurological terms how our brain responds to the stimuli which trigger an anxiety response so that you are equipped to deal appropriately with anxiety.

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The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Young Minds

(Featured resource)Young Minds is a leading UK charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing in young people. They provide comprehensive help and advice on a variety of topics including what mental health is, feelings and symptoms, conditions, how to look after yourself and so much more.

Bullying and Mental Health – in Conversation with Jodie Goodacre, Time to Change Young Champion

(Featured resource)Jodie Gooacre is one of Time To Change’s Young Champions, young people with direct experience of mental health issues who work alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health. In this conversation, she discusses the impact of bullying on mental health with Richard Anderson from HeadStart Wolverhampton.

Child in Mind: Is Medication for Mental Health Problems Safe?

Is medication for mental health problems safe? How do young people make decisions about their treatment? These questions are discussed in this episode of the Child in Mind podcast.

Mental Health in the Punjabi-Speaking Community

The theme for the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast is mental health in the Punjabi-speaking community. The session was very well attended, and supported community members in their understanding of emotional well-being and mental health issues, and highlighted the support available through HeadStart to parents, carers and young people.

Mental health in the Punjabi community with Shuranjeet Singh, Taraki.uk

In this episode of the HeadStart podcast, HeadStart speak to Shuranjeet Singh. Shuranjeet is a mental health advocate and campaigner, and the founder of Taraki, a service which works with the Punjabi community, and especially with men in that community, to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and to put members of the that community in touch with the support they need.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Black and Ethnic Minority Groups and Mental Health

This resource weaves together different strands of practice in a unique fashion and ties in with other resources. It highlights and signposts varying elements of mental health issues for varying groups including Black and Ethnic Minority young people.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

Parents Helpline

If you are worried about a child or young person under 25, YoungMinds has started the parents helpline to give you help and advice on a variety of topics. On this page, you can find information on the parents helpline, what happens when you call the parents helpline, how they are a friendly and confidential and what to do if you are under 25.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Talking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School

This downloadable booklet contains advice and tips for parents about what their children are going through, and how to help your child maintain a positive mental wellbeing.

Advice for Parents and Carers: Talking Mental Health with young people at primary school

This leaflet provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child’s feelings part of everyday conversation.

Action for Happiness Calendars

These fantastic calendars give you a different objective for each day to take care of yourself and your family and friends, and to build your wellbeing. Each month has a different theme (‘Self Care September’ and so on), with new calendars published each month.

Blog / personal article

Personal Stories about Mental Health

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. The personal stories about mental health that are shared on the time to change website mean that together, we can end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Normal Teenage Behaviour vs, Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

It is not uncommon for parents to wonder whether their child is acting like a normal teenager or behaving differently due to mental illness, drug use or behavioural difficulties. Normal teenagers are often moody due to hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Course / Event

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid England is on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills because we all have mental health. mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms to thrive in learning, work and life.

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Research/report

National Elf Service

(Featured resource)The National Elf Service website will help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance. Their team of mental health experts post blogs every week day with short summaries that highlight evidence-based publications relevant to mental health practice in the UK.

News article

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children’s Mental Health

We owe it to kids - who don’t have a vote - to make their wellbeing a priority. That’s what this Huffington Post article aims to set out 13 ways that the provision of young people’s mental health services can be improved. The reasons are well thought out and supported with evidence. So if you care about young people’s mental health, maybe you should show it by shouting loud enough for your government to hear.

Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, research has revealed.

Online course

Preparing Vulnerable Children for the Holidays

In this video seminar, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith explains how to help support vulnerable young people in the run up to the summer holiday. The informative seminar is supported by downloadable handouts that help teachers and support staff make holiday plans with young people so they know what to expect, who to turn to, and what their responsibilities are during the course of the break.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

Ken Corish: “Strategies for a Healthy Online Life”

(Featured resource)Ken Corish’s workshop at the HeadStart Conference on Oct. 3rd 2017 explored the relationship between digital technology and mental health in young people, with a particular focus on sleep and self-esteem.

‘We all have mental health’

(Featured resource)‘We All Have Mental Health’ is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it. It’s ideal for young people themselves, for teachers to use as a lesson starter, and for parents or families to start a conversation with a child or young person.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Bullying and Mental Health – in Conversation with Jodie Goodacre, Time to Change Young Champion

(Featured resource)Jodie Gooacre is one of Time To Change’s Young Champions, young people with direct experience of mental health issues who work alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health. In this conversation, she discusses the impact of bullying on mental health with Richard Anderson from HeadStart Wolverhampton.

Child in Mind: Is Medication for Mental Health Problems Safe?

Is medication for mental health problems safe? How do young people make decisions about their treatment? These questions are discussed in this episode of the Child in Mind podcast.

Mental Health in the Punjabi-Speaking Community

The theme for the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast is mental health in the Punjabi-speaking community. The session was very well attended, and supported community members in their understanding of emotional well-being and mental health issues, and highlighted the support available through HeadStart to parents, carers and young people.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Black and Ethnic Minority Groups and Mental Health

This resource weaves together different strands of practice in a unique fashion and ties in with other resources. It highlights and signposts varying elements of mental health issues for varying groups including Black and Ethnic Minority young people.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Talking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School

This downloadable booklet contains advice and tips for parents about what their children are going through, and how to help your child maintain a positive mental wellbeing.

Advice for Parents and Carers: Talking Mental Health with young people at primary school

This leaflet provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child’s feelings part of everyday conversation.

Blog / personal article

Personal Stories about Mental Health

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. The personal stories about mental health that are shared on the time to change website mean that together, we can end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Normal Teenage Behaviour vs, Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

It is not uncommon for parents to wonder whether their child is acting like a normal teenager or behaving differently due to mental illness, drug use or behavioural difficulties. Normal teenagers are often moody due to hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Course / Event

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid England is on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills because we all have mental health. mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms to thrive in learning, work and life.

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

News article

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children’s Mental Health

We owe it to kids - who don’t have a vote - to make their wellbeing a priority. That’s what this Huffington Post article aims to set out 13 ways that the provision of young people’s mental health services can be improved. The reasons are well thought out and supported with evidence. So if you care about young people’s mental health, maybe you should show it by shouting loud enough for your government to hear.

Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, research has revealed.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith: “Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-being of Young People”

(Featured resource)Dr. Pooky Knightsmith’s keynote presentation from the HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference on Oct 3rd explores practical ideas, strategies and approaches for professionals and parents / family members to use when dealing with young people who are facing mental health challenges.

Ken Corish: “Strategies for a Healthy Online Life”

(Featured resource)Ken Corish’s workshop at the HeadStart Conference on Oct. 3rd 2017 explored the relationship between digital technology and mental health in young people, with a particular focus on sleep and self-esteem.

‘We all have mental health’

(Featured resource)‘We All Have Mental Health’ is an animation designed to give young people aged 11-14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it. It’s ideal for young people themselves, for teachers to use as a lesson starter, and for parents or families to start a conversation with a child or young person.

Organisation View all organisations

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Featured resource)Depression can be treated – talking about it is the first step. Teachers, doctors, employers, university staff are all reached by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust as they are people who can spot when someone might be in trouble. The training provided by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives them the confidence to open a conversation and give vital first-line support. They also talk to young people and their families and give them to tools they need to stay mentally well.

MIND, the Mental Health Charity

(Featured resource)Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem but hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Bullying and Mental Health – in Conversation with Jodie Goodacre, Time to Change Young Champion

(Featured resource)Jodie Gooacre is one of Time To Change’s Young Champions, young people with direct experience of mental health issues who work alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health. In this conversation, she discusses the impact of bullying on mental health with Richard Anderson from HeadStart Wolverhampton.

Child in Mind: Is Medication for Mental Health Problems Safe?

Is medication for mental health problems safe? How do young people make decisions about their treatment? These questions are discussed in this episode of the Child in Mind podcast.

Mental Health in the Punjabi-Speaking Community

The theme for the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast is mental health in the Punjabi-speaking community. The session was very well attended, and supported community members in their understanding of emotional well-being and mental health issues, and highlighted the support available through HeadStart to parents, carers and young people.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Black and Ethnic Minority Groups and Mental Health

This resource weaves together different strands of practice in a unique fashion and ties in with other resources. It highlights and signposts varying elements of mental health issues for varying groups including Black and Ethnic Minority young people.

A Theme for You 2019 – Mental Health Foundation

A blog post from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging readers to create a ‘theme’ for themselves for the New Year, maybe as an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Resolution.

10 Ways to Look after your Mental Health at Christmas

The festive season is a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful and lonely periods of the year. During the December rush – frantic present buying and New Year part preparations – followed by the sudden ‘lull’ of January, it is important to try and remember how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing. This poster contains just 10 of the ways t take care so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Talking Mental Health with Young People at Secondary School

This downloadable booklet contains advice and tips for parents about what their children are going through, and how to help your child maintain a positive mental wellbeing.

Advice for Parents and Carers: Talking Mental Health with young people at primary school

This leaflet provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child’s feelings part of everyday conversation.

Blog / personal article

Personal Stories about Mental Health

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. The personal stories about mental health that are shared on the time to change website mean that together, we can end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Normal Teenage Behaviour vs, Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness

It is not uncommon for parents to wonder whether their child is acting like a normal teenager or behaving differently due to mental illness, drug use or behavioural difficulties. Normal teenagers are often moody due to hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty.

Coping at Christmas – 5 Top Tips to look after your Mental Health

This article from clinical psychologist Amaryllis Roy from Priory Hospital Bristol discusses the pressure that Christmas can put on mental health and shares five top tips to help you cope over the holiday period.

Research/report

National Elf Service

(Featured resource)The National Elf Service website will help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance. Their team of mental health experts post blogs every week day with short summaries that highlight evidence-based publications relevant to mental health practice in the UK.

Course / Event

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid England is on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills because we all have mental health. mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms to thrive in learning, work and life.

ThinkTwice Course

ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.

Online course

Preparing Vulnerable Children for the Holidays

In this video seminar, Dr. Pooky Knightsmith explains how to help support vulnerable young people in the run up to the summer holiday. The informative seminar is supported by downloadable handouts that help teachers and support staff make holiday plans with young people so they know what to expect, who to turn to, and what their responsibilities are during the course of the break.

News article

13 Things The Next Government Needs To Do To Improve Children’s Mental Health

We owe it to kids - who don’t have a vote - to make their wellbeing a priority. That’s what this Huffington Post article aims to set out 13 ways that the provision of young people’s mental health services can be improved. The reasons are well thought out and supported with evidence. So if you care about young people’s mental health, maybe you should show it by shouting loud enough for your government to hear.

Mental health issues in young people up sixfold in England since 1995

Six times more children and young people in England have mental health conditions than a generation ago, research has revealed.