There are many charitable organisations both locally and nationally that can help; All have websites with a wealth of advice, some have forums and online communities or telephone numbers so that you can speak to someone in person.

Young Minds is a charity that provides young people and their carers reassurance and advice to help them make positive mental health choices and know what to do if they are struggling. Young people can also self-refer themselves. Tel: 0808 802 5544; website: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Parenting Mental Health. This charitable organisation works to connect and support parents in their vital role to help their children. https://parentingmentalhealth.com/how-we-can-help/

Charlie Waller. This is a mental health charity that provides online information to help young people and their families. Follow the link below for information for parents and carers: https://charliewaller.org/what-we-do/for-parents-and-carers

PAPYRUS provide support and advice to young people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide, and provide support to their carers through their helpline HOPELINEUK. Tel: 0800 068 4141; website: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/

Family Lives is a free and confidential service that supports families if their teen becomes violent. Tel: 0808 800 2222; email: askus@familylives.org.uk; website: https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/teenagers/behaviour/teen-violence-at-home/

 

 

Need help now?

If you need urgent help with mental health issues here are some services that maybe able to help:

Call the emergency services: 999 or 111

Local NHS Herefordshire mental health support: 24 hour telephone based support, guidance and advice. Tel: 0808 196 9127.

The Samaritans: A free helpline if you are worried about someone and are not sure how best to help. Tel: 116 123

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Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health issues in the UK and often start in adolescence. If your child is anxious or depressed they are more likely to struggle socially and academically both at school and at home. This can have a significant impact on their future. They are also at greater risk of self-harm and, as a parent, it can be difficult to know what to do. However, by getting help early, adverse effects can be reduced. And by parents and schools working together this can further improve their life chances and can lead to a happier home life too.

This leaflet aims to help you identify the signs of anxiety and depression, give you ideas on how best to support your child and provide links to access more information.