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

Coping with parents' evening

Naomi blogs about living with a mental health problem while coping with some of the challenges of parenthood.

Posted on 14/04/2015

Postnatal depression and the myth of the ‘perfect’ mum

Sara blogs about her postnatal depression experience and the pressure to be the 'perfect' Mum.

Sara Powys
Posted on 04/08/2016

Useful contacts


Online community support and advice for young carers, operated by the Carers Trust.


Support for children experiencing mental health problems and young carers.


0800 1111

Confidential helpline for children and young people in distress.

Citizens Advice

08444 111 444 (England), 0844 477 2020 (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

24-hour 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.


Information about public services, including benefits.


freephone: 0800 068 63 68

Local support networks for families with young children.

Mental Health Matters

0191 516 3500

Mental health and general support services including helpline.


Forums about parenting, including parenting and mental health.

NHS Choices

Information about PALS and a search function to find an office in your area.


Adult helpline: 0808 800 5000

Child helpline: 0800 1111

Support for children and anyone worried about a child. Includes Family Smiles groups for children who have a parent with a mental health problem


24-hour free helpline: 116 123

[email protected]


Chris, PO Box 90 90

Stirling FK8 2SA

Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope.


Daily helpline 0300 304 7000

Onlline mental health information for all ages, and support services for over 16s.

Time to Change

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

This information was published in August 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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