Parents and carers have a vital role to play in supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Many of the parents and carers we met spoke of feeling isolated, embarrassed and ashamed by the challenges they were facing. They also reported that when they had taken the step to seek professional help, they had sometimes come up against barriers in the form of not being taken seriously, being dealt with insensitively and being bounced between services.

In response to lack of support available for parents and carers whose children have experienced mental health difficulties, YMCA has produced a handy free guide.

The guide was designed by young volunteers aged 16-25 from the YMCA’s Right Here project, but it was informed by parents and carers who gave their time to talk to us about their experiences of supporting their children through mental and emotional challenges.

The guide contains:

  • Do’s and don’ts in talking to children about their mental health.
  • Tips on how to start conversations about mental health with children and young people.
  • Signposting to useful mental health services and support.
  • Advice on how parents and carers can look after their own mental health and wellbeing

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To download a free copy of the guide, please complete the form below.