Finding information and support

Key organisations and websites offering advice, information and support for parents, carers and families concerned about or affected by the mental health or emotional well-being of a child or young person.

If you want to talk to someone for advice and support there are a number of helplines listed in the Want to talk about something that worries you section.

  • A guide to rough times

    This website is a guide for young people in Cambridgeshire, their parents, carers, friends and family. It covers how to look after your emotional well-being when times are difficult, and what to do when you may need some extra help.

  • ADHD and you

    This online resource is aimed at people who have or who care for a person with ADHD.

  • Body Image Parent Pack

    Having recently released a lesson on body image, Media Smart has developed a parent pack to help extend children's body image education into the home. Aimed at 6-11 year olds, the Body Image Parent Pack aims to help promote positive self-esteem among children, by encouraging parents and children to think critically about the images they see in the media and understand that they are aspirational and not necessarily achievable.

  • CAMH Information for Parents (Canada)

    Children and youth show their problems in different areas of their lives and in a variety of ways. A child or adolescent who functions well at home may have problems in another setting, such as in the classroom or with peers. Some young people may show signs of anxiety or depression, while others may exhibit aggression, get in trouble with the law or have difficulties with substance use.

  • Choosing what's best for you (website)

    This website presents information for children and young people about the emotional and behavioural difficulties they might experience and the various treatments available to them. It is aimed at providing information in a child and young person friendly manner, in order to help enable them to make an informed decision about any treatment they undertake.

  • Choosing what's best for you: what scientists have found helps children and young people who are sad, worried or troubled

    Booklet aimed at children, young people and families to help them make treatment choices. It explains the evidence base for what has been shown to work for children and young people with mental health problems.

  • Dad Info

    Provides essential information for fathers on becoming a father, relationships with children, rights at work, separation and divorce.

  • Early support: information for parents booklets

    A set of ten booklets, each describing either a particular condition or a range of factors affecting young children’s development. The booklets were created at the request of parents to provide 'first-step' information that other families who have ‘been there before’ say it is useful to know; to answer key questions regarding common concerns and issues; and provide details of where to find more information. They can be used by families, key workers and lead professionals. Includes:

    • Autistic spectrum disorders
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Deafness
    • Down syndrome
    • If your child has a rare condition
    • Learning disabilities
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • Speech and language difficulties
    • Visual impairment
    • When your child has no diagnosis.

  • Eating disorders

    On this website, young people talk about their experiences of living with, and recovering from, an eating disorder. Their experiences include different degrees of disordered eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, EDNOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified), binge eating and ED-DMT1 (‘diabulimia’).

  • Feeling good: promoting children's mental health

    This set of activity sheets provide parents and their children aged 4 to 7 with a unique resource to help them talk about how they feel and what makes them happy or sad, stressed or secure.

  • Hambleton and Richmondshire Carers Centre

    Provides information, advice, advocacy or emotional support for both adult and young carers.

  • How to support your child’s well-being

    This report, which is connected to the Good childhood report 2013, aims to help parents support their child's wellbeing.

  • Leeds Animation Workshop

    Leeds Animation Workshop is not-for-profit organisation producing and distributing a number of DVD resources on child and maternal health issues, commissioned by government bodies and produced with public funds. They are aimed at parents, families, people with learning disabilities, professionals and training organisations. Relevant topics include bereavement, parenting and relationships, child protection and racism and bullying in schools.

  • Medicines management: everybody's business. A guide for service users, carers and health and social care practitioners

    This booklet aims to empower service users and carers to ask relevant questions about medication and have their views taken into account, and to help health and social care practitioners improve their person-centred approach in the area of medicines management.

  • OCD at school: a guide for teachers, parents and young people

    This project aims to provide support to young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in secondary schools in the Greater London area during a period of two years. The website has sections providing guidance for young people, parents, and teachers.

  • Patient Information Centre: self help leaflets

    Self-help booklets written by clinical psychologists with contributions from service users and healthcare staff from Northumberland. They cover a range of issues including: abuse, depression, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, sleeping problems, Some are available in several languages.

  • Right Here Brighton and Hove

    Right Here Brighton and Hove is a project led by young people aged 16 – 25. It aims to promote the mental & emotional wellbeing of young people in this age group in the city.

  • Spot the signs

    Barnardo’s has published advice leaflets for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe.

  • Take action: a young person's guide to thoughts, feelings and positive mental health

    This 24 page A5 illustrated booklet has lots of useful advice for young people (age 10+) and their families and carers on how to achieve positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is an e-sample to download. Printed copies can be ordered from the Kidpremiership website at

  • What can CAMHS do for me? CAMHS leaflet for children and young people

    The NCSS have produced a leaflet which gives children and young people some information about child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). There is space on the leaflet for services to add local information. The leaflet has been translated into various community lanaguages. They are also available in colour or black and white formats.

  • What's worrying you?

    A web resource for parents, carers and young people who want advice on mental health treatments, and where to get help.

  • You are not on your own: a booklet to help children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking

    This booklet helps children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking. It is written for children, but at the end of each section is a part written for adults.

  • Young People (Royal College of Psychiatrists)

    Links to a range of guides, booklets and web resources for young people and families about mental health and emotional well-being issues.

  • YoungMinds parents helpline comics

    The comics tackle difficult subjects such as bullying, self harm, depression, school avoidance and parental separation. They aim to show different scenarios around the issues that a parent may be faced with and reflect the issues that parents phone the YoungMinds Parents Helpline about.

  • YoungMinds publications

    YoungMinds produce a number of booklets for young people and and parents on a variety of mental health issues. The booklets can be downloaded as a pdf or purchased.

  • Youth in Mind

    This website provides lots of information about mental health issues for young people, parents and teachers. It also includes a very useful directory of CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) across the UK.

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