At Parenting Mental Health, we understand the enormous challenge of parenting a child with a mental health issue and the essential role parents play in supporting their child through this uncertain experience. We see the impact parents can have on their family's emotional wellbeing and the impact their family's emotional wellbeing can have on parents. We know that when a parent is supported, it's more likely their child will be too. Our work supports, skills and empowers parents through our 24/7 digital peer community, emotional support services, events and training courses so they can be present, patient and prepared.
If you’re looking for more information on how you can support your child through their mental health challenges, our online courses may be for you. From the 6 week Partnering course, that explores the compassionate behavioural change methodology Suzanne Alderson developed when her daughter was ill, to courses on self care, confidence and being assertive and mini-courses on elements of Partnering, we aim to give you all the tools you need, from the comfort of your own home.
Our closed Facebook community offers you a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your feelings about your child’s mental health, ask questions and learn from parents who are going through or have been through their child’s mental health issues, and connect with likeminded parents who get it! You’ll be asked some questions when you ask to join – we’re not being nosey! We’re just passionate about keeping the community just for parents.
The power of Lived Experience should not be underestimated. When we’re supporting a child with mental health, sometimes the only person who really gets it is someone who has been through a similar experience. Peer Mentorship is a key part of our efforts to support parents. Join the Facebook community and join our Mentorship Program, or apply for one of the Listening Circles we run, led by qualified counsellors.
The first book from Parenting Mental Health founder Suzanne Alderson is now available. In it, she shares her story of how she helped ‘partner, not parent’ her daughter through mental illness.
We're here to help you, but we understand you may need extra support for your child. Here are some organisations and online services that work to support young people.
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