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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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