Being a parent or carer is a fantastically rewarding job - however it can often be hard work and it isn't always straightforward. If you have questions about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health, you're not alone.

Covid 19

For support on Coronavirus visit the YoungMinds website for trusted advice.

In crisis

Should you need urgent health advice please contact your GP or call NHS 111. In an emergency please visit A&E or call 999.

Where to go for help
  • In the first instance talk to your child’s school or visit your GP to get advice.
  • YoungMinds have an excellent resource: A to Z for parents.
  • For free advice telephone YoungMinds ParentHelpline Mon-Fri from 9.30-4pm on 08088025544
  • Rutland County Council Early Help have a number of offers to support children, young people and their families.
  • ChatHealth for parents to confidentially text school nurses 07520 615382
Self-help and information services available for young people


ADHD Solutions provides information, help and support for children, young people, and adults with ADHD, their families and anyone who supports them or works with them.

YoungMinds ADHD – Find out more about ADHD and how to get help.

Anxiety and panic attacks

No panic youth hub Charity which helps people who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders

Anxiety UK Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety.


The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Winstonswish is a childhood bereavement charity in the UK. The charity offers a wide range of practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. The charity currently supports 40,000 bereaved children and young people per year


Bipolar UK Offers information about bipolar disorder, an online community, and a peer support line.


BullyingUK Advice and support for dealing with bullying.

Anti-bullying Alliance Coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve our vision to: stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Young Minds Guide to CAMHS A beginner’s guide to the NHS’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for young people and parents.


Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Includes information and resources on depression.

Drugs and alcohol

National Association for Children of Alcoholics Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking.

Early years support

Health for under 5s For parents and carers of children from 0-5 years. It contains information to support you during those initial formative years.

Eating disorders

Beat – eating disorders Helplines, online support and self-help groups on all types of eating disorder.

General support

Early Help Rutland County Council Early Help assessment is used by all practitioners (schools, health visitors etc.) who identify that a child or young person may have unmet or additional needs. Uses a multiagency approach to look at the family holistically using a Signs of Safety approach.

Big White Wall Online counselling service for young people aged 16+.

Doc Ready Prepares young people for their first visit to their GP to talk about their mental health.

Get Connected Support and signposting for young people under the age of 25. Telephone, email, text and web chat support.

Kooth Online counselling and support for children and young people.

Mind National mental health charity providing information and advice.

Samaritans Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.

Sane Information on mental health, as well as telephone, email and text support. Includes an online forum for over-18s.

The Mix Mental health information and support for the under-25s.

Time to Change Personal stories from young people about why mental health matters.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area.

Hearing voices

Voice Collective Voice Collective – Resources for young people who hear, see and sense things that others don’t. Support for parents is also offered.


YoungMinds Gender identity If your child is struggling with their gender or thinks they are transgender, advice and information on what you can do and where you can get help.


YoungMinds – Medication General information on medication and mental health. Please note this is not medical advice. Always talk to your doctor.


Army welfare service Delivers a comprehensive and confidential welfare service responsive to the needs of individuals and families and the Chain of Command in order to maximise the operational effectiveness of service Personnel.


OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD.

Parent support groups

Parent Support drop ins – Oakham. Offer a monthly drop-in for parents who want some support and advice.

Visions Children’s Centre – Oakham. Offers a welcoming space where children and families matter; where they can feel safe, healthy and happy and can develop, to reach their full potential


Psychosis Intervention and Early Recovery (PIER) Service to help people recover from a psychotic episode and reduce the likelihood of experiencing future psychotic episodes.


Self-harmUK – Information for parents and professionals on self-harming behaviour.

National Self-Harm Network – A forum providing crisis support, resources and advice on dealing with self-harm.

Recover Your Life Information and support around self-harm. Includes forums, online chat, open 24/7.

Suicidal thoughts

Papyrus – Equipping young people, their families and communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

CALM – The Campaign against Living Miserably aims to reduce suicide rates among young men in the UK.

Living with teenagers

NHS Advice on living with teenagers

Relate Coping with disruptive teenagers