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Mental health - Information for parents and carers

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Information for parents and carers

Having a child with mental health issues can be difficult and challenging for any parent or carer, but there is lots of help and support available for you and your child.

It is important not to blame yourself - mental health problems can affect anybody.

You can find links to helpful information and services in the table below.

What you can do

  • Talk to your child and try to find out what is upsetting them. Is it school, work, home or friends?
     
  • If you think that your child could benefit from an appointment at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), talk to your child’s school or college, GP, social worker or health visitor, and ask them to discuss your child's case with CAMHS.
     
  • Visit the Young Minds website - a national mental health charity that provides information for parents about mental health issues.
     
  • Call 08088 025544, the Young Minds dedicated parents’ helpline, to talk through any of your worries.
     
  • Visit the Time to Change website for advice on talking to your child about mental health.
     
  • You can find contact information and a map of mental health and counselling services in Brighton and Hove on the 'Where to go for' website 

Community Paediatricians

Community paediatricians provide assessment, diagnosis and medical opinions for children who are vulnerable due to disability, developmental difficulties/disorders and/or disadvantage.

Find out more from Sussex Community NHS Trust's website here.

Early Help Hub

The Early Help hub brings together professionals who will work with your whole family to try to make things improve for everyone. Early Help could include support with parenting, employment, anti-social behaviour and emotional wellbeing.

More information can be found on Brighton & Hove City Council's website here.

Early Help - parent leaflet

A leaflet explaining Early Help for parents can be downloaded by clicking on the button here.

Right Here Guide for Parents and Carers

Right Here has produced a Guide for Parents and Carers, to help parents and carers to support young people with mentla or emotional health issues.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

The community Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team work closely with other professionals and services to support children and young people with emotional and mental health needs.

More information can be found on Brighton & Hove City Council's website here.

Sussex Children and Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service

The Sussex-wide Children and Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service (CYP-FEDS) supports children and young people with eating disorders.

You can find information on things to look out for, who the service supports and contact details on the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust website.

Special Educational Needs / Disability (SEND)

If you are looking for help or information on services for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) then please visit Brighton and Hove City Council's website here.

Support for Siblings

Support and advice for siblings of a child or young person with mental health issues can be found at www.sibs.org.uk/parents