Information for family members and carers

This area of the website has been developed to help parents and carers support children and young people with their mental health. You will find lots of resources and information from local and national organisations focussed on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. You'll also find support for your own mental health, if you're worried about a young person's behaviour, you're not alone. 

You may also find it useful to look through the pages designed for children and young people here either on your own or with a young person. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In these uncertain times, you may find it difficult talking to children and young people about coronavirus (COVID-19) or need to know what the latest national guidance is. Take a look below at the resources we have pulled together from various trusted sources.

An overview of coronavirus on the NHS website.


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Health organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked together to develop this interactive map of mental health services. The Google Maps based system lists all the organisations working locally, and allows you to search for your closest service or for specific types of support, to help you get appropriate care.

You can filter the map to just show services for children and young people. Explore the mental health services map here


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Mental Health Family Hour

Welcome to the Mental Health Family Hour. A collaboration between Sam Tyrer, Mental Health Nurse and founder of the school education initiative Change Talks and Dave Cottrell, Mental Health First Aider, Awareness Campaigner and Mindset Coach. Where each week we deliver an hour of PHSE style education around Mental Health, only instead of in school Live on the internet and for families and teachers as well as the kids.

Watch the episodes on YouTube here (opens in new window)


Online sources to support you


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Young Minds help for parents

Young Minds are a UK charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. There website is full of resources, information and support for children and young people as well as their parents and carers. You can visit the Young Minds website here (opens in new window). You may find the sections below useful.


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Papyrus prevention of young suicide 

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. There website has support and information for anyone worried about a young person. You can visit the Papyrus website here (opens in new window). You may find the sections below useful. 

For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK. We are open 9am–12am (midnight) every day of the year, 0800 068 4141.


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Children and young people's mental health services (CYPMHS) information for parents and carers

If you're worried about a child or need advice and support for coping with anything affecting your child's mental health or wellbeing, there are different ways to seek help.

Visit the NHS website (opens in new window) for online sources, understanding when to seek professional help and information about children and young people's mental health services (CYPMHS), also sometimes referred to as CAMHS.

You can find information about local CAMHS services on this page of our website. 


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MindEd for families

Safe and reliable advice about young people’s mental health, created by experts and parents together. Visit the MindEd for families website (opens in new window) for lots of support and information about children and young people's mental health including diagnosis, inpatient care and the transition from child to adult services. You may find the sections below useful.


Parent and carer guides

 

Make it Count: Mental Health Foundation guide for parents and carers

This guide is for parents and carers to help children understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

Download the Make it Count Guide for free (opens in new window)

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Talking Mental Health with young people (secondary school)

Simple advice and guidance about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.

View the Talking Mental Health with young people leaflet free here (opens in new window).

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Talking Mental Health with young people (primary school)

Simple advice and guidance about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.

View the Talking Mental Health with young people leaflet free here (opens in new window).

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Videos

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.

13 people, aged 18-25 talk about what it's like to live with a mental health problem, and what helps them cope.

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