Supporting children’s and teenagers’ mental health: resource list

Children and young people’s mental health is hardly out of the news these days (see Crisis in children’s mental health). But often parents are at a loss how best to help and support a child/teenager who is struggling. So I have brought together all in one place this resource list of websites, apps, books and other sources of support for parents/carers of children and young people who are struggling with their mental health. I hope you find it useful.

General Advice

As a starting point, take a look at my posts on Talking to children about mental health, Building children’s self-esteem and Communicating with teenagers for some helpful general advice.

Useful websites

Young Minds is a national charity supporting children and young people’s emotional and mental health. They provide information for young people and for parents, plus a telephone support line for parents.

Rethink provides information and a helpline for anyone affected by mental health problems.

Mind provides information on mental health problems and treatments.

SelfHarmUK provides advice, information and online support specifically for young people who self harm

Books, Guides & Apps

NHS mental health self-help guides can be downloaded at www.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp. These are primarily aimed at adults but provide clear and simple strategies that will be useful for parents supporting teenagers too.

You will find a useful list of apps delivering mindfulness and/or CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) support on the Mind website here.

And you might also want to check out these Books for supporting children’s mental health.

Getting support

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, talk to your GP. Your GP may make a referral for specialist support from CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) and should be able to signpost you to local sources of support.

All children should know the contact details for Childline which offers free confidential 24-hour support for children and young people on any issue via phone, text or online chat.

Free, safe and anonymous online counselling for young people is also available via Kooth and The Mix.

If I have missed anything out that you really want to share with other parents, please do comment below.

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