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Useful resources for parents

There is a lot of support and information available for parents about young people's mental health, but sometimes it can be hard to find the advice you need. Below we have pulled together some useful and reliable information and resources that might help you better support your child and navigate the journey together.

Guide for Families

The Recovery College Online provides a range of online courses and resources about mental health. This includes  a section dedicated to information for parents and carers.

Visit Recovery College website

MindEd for families

MindEd for Families has online advice and information from trusted sources and will help you to understand and identify early issues and best support your child.

Visit MindEd website

YoungMinds parent helpline

Support, advice and information for any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

Visit Young Minds website


Papyrus can offer advice if you are worried about a young person who might be suicidal.

Visit Papyrus website

Children and Family Hubs

North Yorkshire County Council children and family hubs are located across the county and provide services for children and young people aged 0-19 and their families. Find out about the sessions, courses, activities, services and support our children and family hubs offer to families across North Yorkshire.

Visit North Yorkshire County Council website

Early Help

Early Help is North Yorkshire’s new approach to ensure children, young people and their families receive the right support at the right time to stop problems escalating.

Visit North Yorkshire County Council website


Information about online behaviour and advice on protecting your child from abuse online.

Visit Thinkuknow website

Family Lives

Help and support in all aspects of family life.

Visit Family Lives website

SEND advice and support

The SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) provides free and impartial information, advice and support for children, young people and young adults (up to 25 years old) with special educational needs and / or disabilities as well as their parents or carers. It is at arms length to the local authority.

Visit North Yorkshire County Council website

Drugs information for parents and carers

Find important information for parents and carers about drug use and young people in North Yorkshire.

Download leaflet

Beat Eating Disorders Charity

The eating disorders charity Beat offer training and resources for those caring for someone with an eating disorder.

Visit Beat website

Sexual Health

Talking to your child about sex can be awkward and uncomfortable. But evidence shows that if parents talk about sex openly children and teenagers are more likely to have sex at a later stage and are more likely to use contraception.

Visit our Sexual Health page for information on how young people can look after their sexual health.

Visit Sexual Health page

Samaritans advice for schools and colleges

Samaritans has created guidance on how to prepare for and respond to suicide in schools and colleges.

Download guidance


The DadPad has been developed with the NHS and supports new Dads by providing the knowledge and practical skills they need.

Visit Dadpad website

Compass Phoenix

Compass Phoenix is a free, confidential health and wellbeing service for children and young people between the ages of 5-19.

Visit the Compass Phoenix website Call 0800 008 7452

Sleep Support Scheme

The Sleep Charity has been commissioned to provide a pilot sleep support service for children and young people in North Yorkshire. 

The sleep service includes providing online one-to-one sleep clinics and developing sleep plans with parents/carers to help address sleep issues and establish a regular night-time sleep pattern.

Visit The Sleep Charity website


Sudden support children and adults bereaved by sudden death.

Visit Sudden website Call 0800 121 6510

Qwell for men

Qwell is a free online mental health and wellbeing support platform, has been commissioned for use across North Yorkshire. The service is available to men aged 18 and over.

Visit Qwell

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