For Parents & Carers
Our core Christian values: Wisdom, Service and Hope, define us, strengthen our relationships, and provide guiding principles that enable us to live out our vision that ‘…with God, all things are possible’.
Should a child be finding it difficult to cope, encouraging them to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to navigate the ‘ups and downs’ of life. Having conversations with them about emotional wellbeing and mental health can encourage them to ask for help if they are struggling.
Below are some videos and podcasts that parents and carers may find useful.
BICS (Barnet Integrated Clinical Services) have created a series of podcasts to support families with their wellbeing. The themes include: caring for yourselves and your families whilst living in and transitioning our of lockdown, healthy relationships and managing anxious thoughts:
Sometimes it is useful to have further information and sources of support for common mental health issues; below are some summaries and links for specific mental health difficulties.
Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
Anxiety can take many forms in children and young people, and it is something that each of us experiences at low levels as part of normal life. When thoughts of anxiety, fear or panic are repeatedly present over several weeks or months and/or are beginning to impact on a young person’s ability to access or enjoy day-to-day life, intervention is needed.
Low mood and Depression
Ups and downs are a normal part of life for all of us, but for someone who is suffering from depression, these ups and downs may be more extreme. Feelings of failure, hopelessness, numbness or sadness may invade their day-to-day life over an extended period of weeks or months, and have a significant impact on their behavior, and their ability and motivation to engage in day-to-day activities.
Useful leaflets and resources
mentalhealth.org.uk - How to manage and reduce stress
mentalhealth.org.uk - How to look after your mental health using mindfulness
mentalhealth.org.uk - How to look after your mental health using exercise
mentalhealth.org.uk - How to overcome fear and anxiety
mentalhealth.org.uk - How to sleep better
annafreud.org - Helping children and young people to manage anxiety