Being a parent can be hard and it can be even harder if you are experiencing difficulty with your emotional health.

Parents can often worry that if they talk about their mental health problems that others will think they are a bad parent or even worse that they might have their children taken away from them. However, most parents with mental health problems are great parents.

Your parenting style can have an effect on your children. Research shows that the most effective parents are those who are loving and affectionate but also set rules and challenge bad behaviour. This creates a positive relationship and the children tend to be happy and confident.

Emotional distress or mental health problems can impact on parenting including:
Day to day function– you may find it difficult to do tasks around the house and keep the children’s rules and routines going.
Risk of social isolation– when people are feeling emotionally distressed they often cut themselves off from friends, family and the wider community.
Guilt– guilt is common and parents often feel guilty about not being a good enough parent or about taking time for themselves.
Anger– anger is a natural feeling that affects everyone. However, for some people, anger can get out of control and cause problems with the family. For others it can cause them to bottle up emotions and become withdrawn. Anger can cloud you thinking and lead you to doing or saying.

Refer yourself today without visiting your GP first.
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About Talking Therapies

We are a free and confidential NHS service offering a range of talking therapies to anyone registered with a Surrey GP (18 years and over). You can refer yourself to us without seeing a doctor first

Crisis Care

If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services. If you feel that you need urgent help to be able to keep yourself or others safe it is important to contact your GP. Outside of GP hours, the following crisis support is available: Crisis Helpline In times of crisis or distress please call: 0300 456 83 42 5.00pm – 9.00am Monday to Friday, with 24 hours cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. Samaritans (24 hours daily) 08457 90 90 90 (national number) or 01737 248444 (East Surrey Samaritans), email: More on crisis/emergency resources here