As a parent or carer it can be really worrying to see a child or young person going through a difficult time, but it’s important to address your concerns and help them to get help as soon as possible.
Growing up can present many pressures – exam stress, bereavement, bullying, body image, first relationships – and in some cases, young people just need someone to chat things through with and discuss their worries.
Having this conversation, no matter how small the problem might be, is essential to ensuring that young people grow up equipped to manage and understand their own mental health.
However it’s also important to recognise when professional help is needed. Making an appointment with your GP is a good place to start. We've got some useful guidance on attending that first appointment.
The following resources are designed to help you start your conversation and know where to turn if help is needed. If you would like to see information on mental health that speaks directly to your child or young person, please see our children and young people's page.
Self-harm information for parents and carers
Finding out that the young person in your life is self-harming as a coping strategy can be alarming and hard to understand, so this short guide aims to tell you a little bit about what self-harm is, and how you can help.
National organisations that offer support
A confidential out of office hours telephone line for people over 16 experiencing low mood, anxiety or depression.
Phone: 0800 83 85 87
Online advice and support for parents of children who may be experiencing poor mental health.
Information and resources for young people and parents on mental health.
Available: Mon to Fri 9:30am - 4pm
Phone: 0808 802 5544