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 carer 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. 

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

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 advice and guidance for their families. They provide 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 (0808 808 4994) 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.

Childline 

  • Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

  • Any child or young person can speak to Childline about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to provide support.

  • Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Call Childline on 0800 1111 or use the 1-2-1 counsellor chat.

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.

Contact

  • Contact are the support charity for families with disabled children. Contact help parents and carers to feel confident and informed on the challenges of raising a disabled child, by providing guidance and advice on topics such as benefits, education, health and social care services.

  • As well as providing online advice and information, Contact run a free listening ear. The service offers one to one telephone appointments with a family support adviser for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support. 

Mind

  • 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 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.


Samaritans

  • Samaritans provide essential support through their online chat service and free 24/7 phone line.

  • If you feel like you need to talk to someone, call 116 123 and a trained advisor will be there to listen, however big or small the problem.

Understanding mental health: disability, conditions and diagnoses

NHS Every Mind Matters 

  • If you, your child or somebody you know has recently received a mental health diagnosis, you can find expert advice and practical tips at NHS Every Mind Matters. Every Mind Matters provides 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.