Parent Well-Being Information
Sometimes we all need help with managing the stresses of life, especially during these unprecedented times. This page is designed to help parents with your health and well-being; we hope you find our resources useful.
Please click on the links below to acces these useful websites and activities:
- 5 steps to mental well-being - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/
- 5 ways to manage your well-being as a parent during lockdown - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrmhscw
- Coronavirus, mental health and well-being - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/mental-health-parenting/
- Action 4 Children - Support for parents
- Mind - Parenting with a mental health problem
- NSPCC - Parenting and Mental Health
Start your own well-being jar after selecting an activity from the '5 steps to mental well-being' linked below.
Try out the 'one piece at a time' activity sheet by selecting an activity from the boxes on the worksheet provided.
Have a go at this adult colouring worksheet focused on gratitude.
WHERE TO FIND FURTHER SUPPORT
Adapting to a new lifestyle where we’re confined to our homes has, understandably, taken a mental toll on some. But if you or any member of your family is having a hard time coping right now, bear in mind that there are lots of charities and organisations out there which offer free advice and counselling.
- Mind: The charity Mind offers free support for anyone suffering from mental health-related issues. If you need advice or signposting to an appropriate support service you can get in touch with Mind by phone (0300 123 3393), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 1-2-1 chat.
- NHS - Advice to parents and carers worried about a child's mental healthMany parents, guardians and carers are concerned about how their children, whatever their age, are feeling at the moment. It hasn’t been easy living through the COVID-19 pandemic for families, with social restrictions, loss and uncertainty. This has had an impact on parents and carers as well as children and young people.
- YoungMinds: YoungMinds is the UK’s leading mental health charity for children and young people. Through its website, young people and their parents can access a wealth of resources to help them respond to mental health challenges and get help. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing, they also have a parent hotline you can call on 0808 802 5544, where you'll get advice on how to tackle the issue.
- The Mix: Young people between the ages of 13 and 25 can get free mental health support by calling The Mix’s hotline on 0808 808 4994 or sending an email. They also have a crisis messenger and 1-2-1 webchat. No topic is off the table and whatever issue your child is facing, The Mix will connect them to an expert who can give advice and signpost to other helpful tools and services.
- Beat: The UK’s go-to charity for expert information and advice on eating disorders has online resources for people who have an eating disorder and those who are worried about someone close to them. You can also get direct support with live chat, or by calling one of their helplines every day between 9am and 8pm during the week, and 4pm to 8pm on weekends. They also offer an online safe space called The Sanctury, where people with eating disorders can share concerns and advice on how they are coping with the pandemic.
- Parent Zone Crisis Messenger: If you or any member of your family are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate help, the Parent Zone Crisis Messenger – powered by our trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line – is available 24/7 and will connect you to a trained volunteer. Text PARENTZONE to 85258 to get help.