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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.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Anna Freud

annafreud.org
Provides information for parents on supporting your child and has a directory mental health services that you can search by your local area.

Barnardo’s

barnardos.org.uk
Supports children and young people, and their parents and carers, including with mental health problems.

Carers Trust

carers.org
Information and support for people caring for someone else.

Childline 

0800 1111
childline.org.uk
Support for children and young people in the UK, including a free 24-hour helpline.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (Adviceline)
03444 111 445 (Text relay)
citizensadvice.org.uk
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including with money, housing, legal and other problems.

Family Action

0808 802 6666
family-action.org.uk
Supports families of any kind, including with mental health problems.

Family Lives

0808 800 2222
familylives.org.uk
Information and support for parents and families.

Family Rights Group

0808 801 0366
frg.org.uk
Supports families whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system.

Gingerbread

0808 802 0925
gingerbread.org.uk
Advice and practical support for single parent families.

GOV.UK

gov.uk
Lists government services and information.

Grandparents Plus

grandparentsplus.org.uk
Information for kinship carers.

Home-Start

home-start.org.uk
Support for families with young children, including details of local services.

Kooth

kooth.com
Counsellors available until 10pm every day. Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people. Check whether this is offered in your area.

Mumsnet

mumsnet.com
Online network aimed at parents and parents-to-be, including online forums and details of local groups.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

0800 800 5000
0800 1111 (18 or under)
nspcc.org.uk
Support for children and anyone worried about a child.

NHS UK

nhs.uk
Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

Papyrus HOPELINEUK

0800 068 41 41
07786 209697 (text)
papyrus-uk.org
Confidential support for under-35s at risk of suicide and others who are concerned about them.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org

Samaritans are open 24/7 for anyone who needs to talk. You can visit some Samaritans branches in person. Samaritans also have a Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).

Sane

sane.org.uk
Offers emotional support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems.

Time to Change

time-to-change.org.uk (England)
timetochangewales.org.uk (Wales)
National campaign to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems in England and Wales. 

YoungMinds

0808 802 5544 (parents helpline)
85258 (crisis messenger service, text YM)
youngminds.org.uk
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.

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

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