Parenting with a mental health problem

Explains difficulties you may face as a parent with a mental health problem, support available and suggestions on how to help yourself and your children.

Your stories

Motherhood and Mental Health

Clare blogs about parenting with a mental health problem.

Clare Foster
Posted on 27/03/2019

The challenges of being a mum with bipolar

Sarah explains how she manages her bipolar diagnosis while looking after her two beloved young children.

Posted on 27/03/2019

Being sectioned as a new mum

Amy struggled to cope as a new mum and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Read her story.

Amy Steele
Posted on 10/05/2018

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

020 7794 2313
Offers a range of support for chidren, young people and families.

Support for children experiencing mental health problems and young carers.

Carers Trust
Provides support and advice for carers, including initiatives for young carers.


0800 1111
Confidential helpline for children and young people in distress.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (England), 03444 77 20 20 (Wales)
Confidential advice on a range of issues, including legal rights and parenting.

Family Action
Services for families, including mental health and young carers’ support.

Family Lives

Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Information and support for parents and families.

Family Rights Group

helpline: 0808 801 0366
Support for families whose children are involved with social services.


Helpline: 0808 802 0925
Advice and practical support for single parents.

GOV.UK - Local authority finder
Information about public services specific to your local authority, including childcare benefits and social care to support adults and children affected by mental health problems.

Grandparents Plus
Information for kinship carers.

Local support networks for families with young children.

Kooth Provides anonymous online support for young people - counselling, messaging and personal stories. Only available in certain parts of England and Wales.

Forums about parenting, including parenting and mental health.

NHS Choices
Information on health conditions and services.


Adult helpline: 0808 800 5000
Child helpline: 0800 1111
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.

Papyrus' HopeLineUK

Helpline: 0800 068 4141
Text: 07786 209 697
[email protected]
Confidential support for young people with suicidal thoughts and advice for people concerned about a young person.


24-hour free helpline: 116 123
[email protected]
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.

Sane's Support Forum
Mental health forum for discussion and mutual support, aimed at adults.

Time to Change
Anti-stigma campaign led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

Text YM to 85258
Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK for young people experiencing a mental health crisis.


This information was published in April 2019. We will revise it in 2022.

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