Mental health and wellbeing can sometimes feel like a difficult topic to talk about. But at Family Fund, we know that ensuring positive mental wellbeing for your child, yourself and those around you is important in order to enjoy all the moments in life.  

The Council for disabled children aim to ensure the best outcome for disabled children and young people. We know disabled children and young people are more likely to experience a mental health problem. We also know that being a career of a disabled child can at times be stressful, affecting mental wellbeing.

This page has lots of useful resources and services to help you feel confident discussing mental health and wellbeing, and where to go for support if you need to. 

Support with your child’s mental health and wellbeing

YoungMinds

  • YoungMinds are leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it. The YoungMinds website provides mental health advice and guidance for young people and families in the form of blogs, tips and information on specific mental health conditions. You can find helpful guides on how to access support and help someone who is struggling with their mental health.

  • If a young person is in need of mental health support, they can contact the YoungMinds text line service by texting YM to 85258, to be connected to a trained volunteer within minutes.

  • If you’re a parent or carer who is worried about the mental health of your child, YoungMinds also have a dedicated Parents Helpline service available for calls, emails or web chat for support and advice on any concerns you have around your child’s mental wellbeing. 

The Mix

  • The Mix is the UK’s leading online support service for young people under 25s. Whatever issue a young person is facing, The Mix is always there for them – on their website, over the phone or via social media. They connect young people to experts and their peers to talk about everything from money to mental health, homelessness to jobs, break-ups to drugs and more.  

  • The Mix provide a safe online messaging community for young people, as well as a  confidential helpline to help young people discuss any worries they have.

Support on mental health and wellbeing for adults

Looking after your own mental wellness and knowing when to ask for help with your own mental health is important if you are a carer.

Mind

  • Mind provides advice and support on all aspects of living with a mental health condition.

  • Mind can help support you online through their helpful guides on topics from self-care and understanding mental health conditions. They can also provide local mental health support from one of their 125 local hubs in England and Wales.




Rethink Mental Illness

  • Rethink Mental Illness aim to improve the lives of people who are impacted by mental health.

  • They provide online advice and practical support around the topic of mental health, whilst providing information for anyone who is caring for someone with a mental health condition.

  • Rethink Mental Illness also provide local groups and services.

  • By going online to the Rethink Mental Illness Find Support, you can find other local mental health services and peer support groups run by the organisation to help those who need further advice and information.

Understanding mental health: disability, conditions and diagnoses

If you are worried about somebody’ mental health and believe they require immediate support, always call 999 or 111.

Feel like you need to talk to someone?

Samaritans

  • Samaritans provide essential support through their online chat service and free 24/7 phone line. By calling 116 123, a trained advisor will be there to listen, however big or small the problem.

NHS Every Mind Matters 

  • Every Mind Matters has tips and information guides on topics from looking after a child’s mental health, to self-care tips for young people. They can even help you make your own personalised Mind Plan to help you deal with stress and boost your mood. 

  • On the NHS website, you can also find out how to access mental health services and where to go if you require urgent support.