As a parent or carer, how can I help?

MindMate provides advice for young people about a range of issues which you might find helpful to read or look at together. There’s a number of important ways that you can support them too.

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Talking and listening

Having a chat about difficult feelings with your child isn’t always easy. Children (like adults!) can sometimes shut off if the talk feels too formal or scripted. Keeping engaged and communicating with your child is really important when they are struggling. Making time to talk and listen is probably the most important thing you can do. Click here for MindMate’s top tips on how to start difficult conversations.

Inform yourself

Click here for a wide range of resources and information for parents and carers in Leeds to help them support their children’s mental health.

Finding support for your child

You don’t need to have all the answers straight away. It might help to search the pages of MindMate together. In the Leeds area, there is lots on offer to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing. Click here to find out more about local support services. Go to MindMate’s Coping with Common Issues page to find out more about specific problems and what might help.

Looking after yourself

When your child is unhappy or not coping it is hard for you too. Make sure you take some time to look after yourself. MindMate’s top tips on feeling good might be useful for you too. You might also find the Leeds’ MindWell website useful to help you look after your own mental health.

Does your child need extra support?

If your child has a special educational need or disability, you will find a wide range of information on this Guide for Families from Leeds City Council. What support can you expect from your child’s school? All schools are required by law to provide a minimum offer of support for children and young people with any kind of special educational need, including social, emotional and mental health needs. You can find out more about this in the guide here and the help available for your child in school here Below are the top three recommended sites by other parents and carers in Leeds. For the full list click here.