Mental health - Information for parents and carers

In an emergency

Call 03003 040061 from 9:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

Call 03005 000101 at any other time 

if a child is in immediate danger of taking their own life, or is having very bad mental health symptoms.

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?
  • Visit the FindGetGive website which has a section for parents and carers.
  • 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.

Front Door for Families

The Front Door for Families is now the single point of access for services for children and young people provided by Brighton and Hove City Council.

You can find more information on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

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.

FindGetGive for Parents and Carers is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove, including details on self-referral options.

If you are a parent you can view the parents and carers page to find helpful resources and tools to support yourself and your child around mental health.   

Schools Wellbeing Service

Schools Wellbeing Service (formerly known as Community CAMHS)

Primary Mental Health Workers are based in schools in Brighton and Hove to help children and young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing.  The team links to the Community Wellbeing Service.

Please contact your child’s school for more information.

Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People

The Wellbeing Service provides NHS mental health treatment for children and young people.

You can find information on the Wellbeing Service on the Mental Health Page 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