Parenting with mental health problems
Parenting comes with lots of challenges, which can be even more difficult if you're dealing with mental health problems.
Not all children who live with someone with mental health problems will experience abuse or be affected negatively. In fact, many parents are able to give children safe and loving care.
But sometimes it does affect their ability to cope with family life. So it's important that parents and carers can find support when they need it.
When we talk about mental health problems we mean conditions like:
- anxiety disorders
- bipolar disorder
- and personality disorders.
Sometimes these conditions can affect a parent's ability to provide the care that children need. Parents or carers may:
- have mood swings
- find it difficult to recognise their children's needs
- or struggle with keeping routines such as mealtimes, bedtimes and taking their children to school.
If you, or someone you know is struggling, there's support available.
Where to find help
Other organisations providing support to children and families include:
information and support as well as helplines for people experiencing mental health problems and their friends and families.
- Rethink Mental Illness
Advice as well as services and support for people affected by mental illness and their friends and families.
Round-the-clock confidential support to people going through a tough time.
Emotional support to people affected by mental health problems and their families and friends.
Help for children
Sometimes children worry about their parents or family members and might need someone to talk to. They can talk to Childline online or by calling 0800 1111 at any time 24/7.
There's also useful advice on the Childline website about supporting a family member with a mental health issue.
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