As a parent or carer, how can I help?

We’ve compiled a range of information that you and your child can explore together.

There’s also plenty you can do to help them. See below.

 


Talking and listening

Talking and keeping connected is vital when young people are struggling. Try our top tips on starting conversations.

Tips on starting conversations

Inform yourself

Discover resources and services across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Finding support for your child

Find out about support services in Swansea, and in Neath Port Talbot. For specific difficulties, see our Coping with Common Issues page.

Looking after yourself

When a child is unhappy or not coping, it can be hard on everyone. Try our top tips for feeling good.

Top tips for feeling good

Does your child need extra support?

If your child has a special educational need or disability, click below.

Extra support for your child

Self-care

Self-care is for everyone – not just for those struggling with a mental illness. Making changes to look after ourselves, or practice self-care, can have a positive impact on our mental health, and can even prevent difficulties from getting worse.

You might want to share some of the resources below with your child to help them support themselves.


Self-care & mindfulness resources

Self-care

Our ‘Getting the Support you Need’ page provides some useful self-care resources.

tidyMinds Self-Care

Mindfulness

Learn how mindfulness can support your child’s emotional wellbeing.

tidyMinds Mindfulness

Local groups & helplines

Mental Health Matters - self-harm

Online group Better Together: Caring for Someone that Harms. 

Every Tuesday 4:30pm – 6pm on ZOOM.

Email: share@mhmwales.org

Mental Health Matters - eating disorders

Online group Better Together: Caring for Someone with an Eating Disorder.

Every Tuesday 4:30pm – 6pm on ZOOM.

Email: share@mhmwales.org

The Exchange

The Exchange offer a free counselling service to parents under the age 40 whose children attend Swansea schools. Self-referral accepted through online referral form.

Visit The Exchange

Swansea Early Help Hubs

Working together to support children, young people and families to live happy, healthy, and safe lives by having access to the right help, at the right time if and when they need it.

Swansea Early Help Hubs

Family Mediation - Llamau Neath Port Talbot

Experiencing difficulties in your relationship with your child at home? Call Family Mediation.

Telephone: 01639 685219

Visit Llamau

Family Lives

Emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Visit Family Lives

Parenting: Give it Time

Welsh Government website providing free practical guidance and support from experts in Wales.

Parenting: Give it Time

Useful resources

Black dog named Depression

A story about overcoming the ‘black dog of depression’.

Watch Black dog named depression

When I worry about things

A collection of animated films that explore mental health issues from the perspective of children.

Visit BBC

Parenting teenagers

Useful resources for parenting teenagers.

Parenting Teenagers