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Getting support from mental health services

Information and advice guides

Finding the right help for your child when they're struggling with their mental health, and finding your way around mental health services, can be challenging at times. Here you'll find information and advice on the different types of mental health support available to your child, and how you can access them.

If your child is in a mental health crisis or you are worried they are not safe, read our advice on getting urgent help.

  • A young Black woman in a wheelchair talking to an older Black woman on a bench in the park.

    A guide to the different places you can go to get mental health support for your child when they're struggling.

  • A mother and daughter having a serious discussion at home in front of a radiator

    Find out what to expect from the NHS mental health service for children and young people. This guide outlines how your child can access the service, as well as how referrals, assessments and treatment works.

  • A young person talking to a trusted adult outside on a bench.

    A guide to how counselling and therapy work, how your child can access it, and how you can support them through the process.

  • A child laughing with her head in her mum's lap.

    A guide to the local authority support available to families who need help but are not being supported by other services - including help with things like special educational needs support and mental health difficulties.

  • A young Black woman talking about something serious with an older Black woman in the park.

    A guide to how the GP can help your child with their mental health, what specialist support they can arrange and tips on helping your child to speak to the GP.

  • Parent talking to their son with their arm around him.

    If your child is going into hospital to get support for their mental health, this guide explains what happens in hospital, how you can support your child and how you can voice your views about their treatment.

Information and advice for your child

We also have lots of information and advice for young people that both you and your child might find helpful. Take a look at some of our guides below, or view our full range of advice pages for young people.

Information and advice for young people
  • A young Black woman sitting on a bench in the park.

    If your child is thinking of taking medication for their mental health, we provide general information on some different types of medication, and answer common questions about what's involved.

  • Two boys looking at a phone and smiling in the park.

    A glossary of mental health terms you and your child might come across as you find support for their mental health.

  • A young Black man smiling in the park.

    A guide to CAMHS and mental health support for young people, including information on inpatient care, talking to the GP about mental health and counselling and therapy.

Parents Helpline

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Want to speak to someone about your child's mental health?

If you're worried about the mental health and wellbeing of your child, you can contact our Parents Helpline via phone, email or webchat.

Our team of trained advisers will listen and talk through your concerns, provide emotional support, and help you to take the next steps in supporting your child.

Parents Helpline and Webchat