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Supporting parents, supporting children.

At Parenting Mental Health, we understand the enormous challenge of parenting a child with a mental health issue and the essential role parents play in supporting their child through this uncertain experience. We see the impact parents can have on their family's emotional wellbeing and the impact their family's emotional wellbeing can have on parents. We know that when a parent is supported, it's more likely their child will be too. Our work supports, skills and empowers parents through our 24/7 digital peer community, emotional support services, events and training courses so they can be present, patient and prepared.

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Online Courses

Our 9 week Partnering Not Parenting course, explores the compassionate behavioural change methodology that Suzanne Alderson, Founder of Parenting Mental Health, developed when her daughter was unwell with poor mental health.  The course is offered online for members of our Parenting Mental Health Facebook global support group, within a private subgroup where you have access to course material, and any updates, for life!  As well as the self study course content Suzanne offers multiple live/zoom sessions where she discusses and offers additional resources, answers questions, offers guidance and additional support.  There are also Chat and Connect zoom sessions to share and build connections with other members of the course.  Click here for  brief overview of the course content.

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Facebook Community 

Our closed Facebook community offers you a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your feelings about your child’s mental health, ask questions and learn from parents who are going through or have been through their child’s mental health issues, and connect with likeminded parents who get it! You’ll be asked some questions when you ask to join – we’re not being nosey! We’re just passionate about keeping the community just for parents. 

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The power of Lived Experience should not be underestimated. When we’re supporting a child with mental health, sometimes the only person who really gets it is someone who has been through a similar experience. Peer Mentorship is a key part of our efforts to support parents. Join the Facebook community and join our Mentorship Program, or apply join a Listening Circle which is led by a trained Listening Circle facilitator.

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Never Let Go is now published!

The first book from Parenting Mental Health founder Suzanne Alderson is now available. In it, she shares her story of how she helped ‘partner, not parent’ her daughter through mental illness.

Looking for help for your child?

We're here to help you, but we understand you may need extra support for your child. Here are some organisations and online services that work to support young people.

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I can turn to the PMH group and Suzanne and know with 100% confidence that i will not be judged. I will be listened too, given advice from parents that empathise, there is no other group that I belong too that is judgement free like it is here.

I.K - America

The Partnering course and Suzanne’e approach has been transformational for me.

V.W. - United Kingdom

I have had a few chances to speak with Suzanne and was impressed every time how she handled it. When a bunch of desperate, scared, sometimes broken people throw up their pain and fears, this is pretty hard rot manage. But she does. She is a serious professional as well as an experienced parent who dealt with severe MH issues in her own family.

N.M. - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Thank you so much Suzanne, I love that I could hear your soothing voice and wise counsel in my head as I read your post last night. I will be forever grateful to have found you, PMH and Partnering. You have undoubtedly helped me to change the course of my family as well as K’s illness. I’m a tiny bit scared about what you have up you sleeve for me though!

V.W. - United Kingdom

"You inspired me to be a better person, more sensitive and aware, and just to show me with determination and a belief, you can do anything.”

S.N. - Manchester, United Kingdom

I love your posts! I always do! You are changing my life! And I love it. Thank you

J.S. - America

I have been a member of Parenting Mental Health group for a few months. I wish I found this group earlier! Suzanne Alderson used digital technologies and created a unique online place: supportive, kind, respectful, safe and very human. It is not just another chat group - is a community that brings real value to people. Suzanne is not just and admin of the group, she is a real leader, inspiring and supportive. And I am very impressed by how skilfully and professionally Susanne uses social media to support people and do something useful for thousands of members of the group. Suzanne's PHM is proof that social media can be good and healthy, not scary and damaging.

N.M. - Glasgow, United Kingdom

I dont know where I would have been without you Suzanne . You have a unique way of making each member feel they are the most important person to you . You have created a welcoming ,safe space for parents to share their most difficult times and get a loving and supportive response back . Personally you have supported me in getting the right services for my child and given me the tools I need by providing the partnering course where I have learned new skills and grown personally in confidence and self esteem . I will always be grateful for meeting you - thankyou xx

J.S. - America

Amongst other things, what amazes me is how your empathy and kindness shine through this digital medium. Your determination to keep this a safe space so that we can open up to strangers confident that we will be supported.

S.S - United Kingdom

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