Supporting a young person with a mental health problem can be difficult at the best of times. But when that young person happens to be your child, or someone in your care, it can become bewildering, terrifying and exhausting. It can also feel like you are the only person in the world going through it.
When your child is struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression which suck all the pleasure from their life, or struggling with food and poor body image, self harming because that’s the only way they can cope with how they are feeling; or in so many other ways being affected by mental health difficulties, it is heartbreaking to see and worse still to feel so helpless to change it.
At times like this, life can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. And yet, even if the young person is receiving support to cope with their issues, the chances are that you, as a parent or carer, are not! Sadly, the effects of mental illness do not stop with the person with the problem, but services do. The Project is here to bring you that support.
“it’s been so nice to hear and share stories and experiences with people who are going through this difficult time with people who understand” – parent
If you’re struggling to know what to say or how to help, and are finding it difficult to understand what is going on with a child or young person in your care, we provide a monthly support group where you can meet other parents and carers who are probably feeling that way too.
Find out more about our Parents and Carers Monthly Support Group
As a parent, you can also refer your child/young person to our support sessions. To find out more, click HERE