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Parents and Carers

Parenting is one of the most important jobs there is and little is provided to help us prepare for this role. For example, some children and parents/carers may not be able to communicate effectively what’s worrying them. Together we can identify areas impacting on your child’s emotional and behavioural difficulties and provide you with helpful tips and strategies to enable you to respond effectively.  

“Our therapist was great she really listened to us and made us feel supported it was like having a professional friend who really wanted to help and understand.” Parent

Our therapeutic interventions are evidence based and are delivered by qualified and experienced practitioners. This means that we have a good understanding of what works. We support many children and families who are experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including; 

  • depression or low mood 
  • anxiety
  • panic 
  • family relationships
  • peer relationships
  • bereavement & loss
  • concentration & behavioural difficulties 
  • extremes of mood
  • experience of traumatic events
  • repetitive behaviour problems
  • social isolation
  • attachment difficulties
  • self-harm
  • obsessive behaviours
  • eating issues.

Additional Support for Parents

Alliance Psychological Children and Young People’s service can also offer additional support to parents living in Hartlepool and Stockton with a range of programmes. These include:

  • Parents with children aged between 4 – 10 with challenging behaviour

The programme is flexible and can be delivered face to face or online.

You can find out more information about this programme by downloading the leaflets, or you can email cypfamilies@alliancepsychology.com.

Alternatively, if you would like to register your interest in these programmes, please select the link below to complete our short form.

Parent Led CBT – Behaviour

Support in Schools – Mental Health Support Teams

Many schools have experience of helping children and families and may have therapeutic provision already in place.  Its usually helpful to talk with your child’s school as early as you can to see how they can best support. We work with schools across the Tees Valley so please click here to see if your child’s school is one of our partners.

If your child’s school does not appear on the list please do not worry, you can contact SPOC on 0300 013 2000 who will signpost you to the most relevant organisation or service. We also have a range of self-help resources on our website which you may find helpful.

MHST Parent Newsletter

MHST’s – Parent Guide

Useful Resources


Anna Freud

Finding time for yourself can be a challenge as you juggle family and relationships with your home and work life. Even more so if you are supporting a child or young person with their mental health. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have created some useful advice about the importance of self-care. Click here to visit the Anna Freud Self Care information for parents. 

Kooth have also launched a Parent and Carers guide to supporting young people with mental health which you can access here

The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity supports parents and carers so they can understand and meet the needs of their child. With a range of webinars, courses, resources, and our screening service, we help families to know which interventions and adaptations are right for them.

You can find further information on their website by clicking here

Rollercoaster is a parent-led, professionally supported service, passionate about offering support and promoting the role of families in children and young people’s mental health. We are a needs-led, responsive, and creative service for families and professionals, who are supporting young people through mental health. 

Click here to access their website

SPCF is made up of parents and carers of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 years living in Stockton on Tees. We volunteer our time to work alongside strategic bodies, service providers and commissioners to ensure that the needs of children, young people with SEND and their families are being met

Click here to find out more information

1 Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future gathers information from Parent/Carers and Professionals and using these unique shared experiences will help to shape the development and delivery of services to our children and young people.

Click here to find out more information

Family Lives offers a confidential and free (from landlines and most mobiles) helpline and Live Chat service for families in England and Wales.

For emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life, you can call them on: 0808 800 2222 and visit their website here for live chat.

This May Help has been created to support parents and carers with concerns about their child’s mental health.

The subjects covered on this website have been chosen by families and young people who have gone through their own mental health challenges. What helped them may also help you.

The films offer advice across six main subject areas, with ten additional films offering supporting information. The films can be viewed in any order at any time.

You can access this website by clicking here

Be Body Positive (www.bebodypositive.org.uk) is an NHS-backed online resource containing psychoeducational modules for CYP, parents, carers and professionals on topics surrounding body image, normal eating and wellbeing. 

For more information, please contact hello@bebodypositive.org.uk

Impact on Teesside

When a parent becomes emotionally or mentally unwell, it can be difficult for them to explain to their child what is happening and for the child to make sense of their parent’s behaviour. Children and young people can feel isolated and unsupported when their parent is unwell, which can increase distress and anxiety across the family.

If you feel you are struggling with your own mental health and would like to talk to somebody, Impact on Teesside, may be able to help.

For further information or to request help and advice, please click here to visit our request for help page.


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