About Parenting Mental Health
At Parenting Mental Health, we believe parents have a vital, often overlooked role to play in supporting their children to strong, resilient and positive mental health, and this happens when we as parents change our own behaviours and expectations to meet the different demands of mental illness.
But how do we cope with something none of us are experienced at or expect to have to deal with? When your child experiences poor mental health, the whole family is impacted. Life is not the same as it was before - it is uncertain, full of challenge, and overloaded with emotion and expectation. And no one seems to get it or talk about it - which is why we offer a safe, judgement-free space for parents to explore how they feel about this experience and reduce isolation by connecting with others in similar situations. Parenting Mental Health supports parents to understand their child's illness and that mental illness offers an opportunity to reflect on their behaviour, communication and emotions. We offer the kind of understanding that can be so hard to find when the family you knew and loved is shaken up by poor mental health. Parents who complete our training and follow our methodology model better behaviours around acceptance, communication, consistency and self care, which lead to better relationships. In time, when the next generation become parents, we hope they will model the positive behaviours of their parents and be more understanding of mental health.
Parenting Mental Health Registered charity number 1188036