Mental health and wellbeing

Coronavirus, lockdown and everything that goes with this has been pretty hard for lots of parents and children. It’s natural to feel anxious or stressed or even overwhelmed. Lots of people, of all ages, find it difficult to cope.

For parents, looking out for our children’s mental health as well as our own may be an extra burden.

There are things you can do and people you can contact if you need help or support, or just a listening ear.

We’ve listed a few websites, helplines and services below for you to check out. Some of these are about self-care (looking after yourself) and others point you in the right direction if there’s something more deep-seated for you or even a crisis.

Sometimes parents say to us that they don’t want to be a burden on their GP or other services.

It’s good to remember that these services are there for you and everyone, especially at this time. It’s really important that you use them.

It’s usually helpful if you can get something off your chest sooner rather than later, and get help, advice or reassurance.

Getting information or news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which isn’t good for your mental health and wellbeing. The websites and services we’ve listed below are reliable. Many of them have links to more information and other services.

What to do if it’s a crisis

If it’s a mental health crisis and you or someone else in the household is already getting help from a GP, phone the GP or care team first. If you’re unable to talk to them, call 111. If you need an emergency ambulance, phone 999.

Who to phone if you want to talk to someone:

Where to get more information and tips for coping

For children and young people