10 practical tips for parents, from parents
From parents who have gone through it
- Above all, accept and try to understand your child’s difficulties – educate yourself as much as possible about your child’s mental health challenges.
- Be kind to yourself. If you don’t look after yourself first, you won’t be able to look after your child.
- Ask for and accept help from professionals, family members or support groups – you don’t have to do this alone.
- Until your child has the right help and support in place, remember that many of their everyday behaviours may be driven by their mental health needs.
- There is no one right answer. It takes time to work out the best support and interventions that will work for your family. Be patient.
- Find simple little things to help you cope - meet a friend for a coffee, play a sport you love, go for a walk. Giving yourself permission to take time out for yourself will help you care for your child.
- Forgive yourself if you say or do the wrong thing. You will be learning alongside your child and doing the best that you can.
- There are times when you need to trust your instinct – remember that you know your child better than anyone and that you are a crucial part of their support team.
- It’s okay to feel however you feel - sad, angry, upset, numb. Go with it, but if the negative feelings last for too long, get help.
- Hold on to hope, no matter how difficult things seem. Just being there, listening and offering hope is the most important thing you can do.
Supporting children returning to school (parents & carers)
Guidance for parents and carers on how to help your child prepare to go back to schoolView resource
Coping with self-harm resource
This guide includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm and how to support a young person for parents and carersView resource
Asking for help
Tips for young people on when it’s time to talk about their mental health, or if they want to help a friendView resource
Wellbeing Action Plan (child)
A simple, resource to help young people keep themselves well and get them through difficult timesView resource
Guide to depression for parents and carers
This booklet aims to help recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their childView resource
Warning signs poster
A bold A3 poster showing the warning signs that tell you when someone may be depressed. This poster could save a life.View resource
Featuring useful facts, figures and information, this booklet also contains sources of help and what not to say to people experiencing depressionView resource
Parents guide to depression (Welsh)
This booklet aims to help parents recognise and understand depression and how to get appropriate help for their childView resource
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