Parenting with a mental health difficulty

If you have a child who is affected by mental health issues, it can be very stressful and you may feel out of control at times. However, there are some specific self-help strategies that you can use to reduce your worry and to improve the emotional health of your child.

Common mental health issues include depression, anxiety and stress. Being aware of the common signs and symptoms of these conditions can be useful to recognise changes in your child’s behaviour. However, not every child will display the same symptoms of distress. The symptoms shown will also depend on the age of your child.

Emotional distress can affect children in 4 different ways: the way they feel physically, their behaviour, the way they feel emotionally, and the way they think. Everybody is different and will react to emotional distress in different ways. It is therefore important to recognise your child’s individual responses. Remember that this can be different, even within siblings. It is also important to note that even if your child is experiencing emotional distress, this does not necessarily mean that they have a mental health condition, but you may still want to get an assessment.

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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