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.
Getting started: a quick guide to mental health support and services
A guide to the different places you can go to get mental health support for your child when they're struggling.
Parents' guide to CAMHS
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.
Counselling and therapy
A guide to how counselling and therapy work, how your child can access it, and how you can support them through the process.
Early help and early intervention services
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.
Getting support from the GP
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.
Treatment in hospital
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.
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.
Getting help glossary
A glossary of mental health terms you and your child might come across as you find support for their mental health.
Young person's guide to support
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.
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.