Resources for Parents – Children with Anxiety or Depression

This list is split into information and resources for parents, and those aimed at children and teens.

If you know of other resources or support groups for children with anxiety or depression, who should be included in this list, please use the contact us for at the top of this page to let us know.

When a site is suggested for inclusion, we take a look at the site, but be aware that we are not experts in parenting children with mental health issues, and cannot vouch for the information posted on the sites shared here. As ever, with information shared online, use your discretion and if in doubt, consult your GP or specialist doctor before following any therapy suggestions. If you have any concerns about the information on any site shared on our site, do get in touch.

 

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Resources For Parents

Young Minds

Information and support for parents who are worried about their child, with links to organisations who can assist.

WorryWise 

Advice and practical tips on helping children cope with anxiety (US based)

 

University of Nevada – MH Awareness for Teens 

Links to sites that explain a wide range of MH issues, including anxiety and depression, but also substance abuse and eating disorders.

Find Therapists and Counselling Services

It can be quite confusing – do you need a therapist, a psychiatrist, a counsellor? Here’s a good overview of the differences between these professions, and some links to the professional bodies, who can help you find the right person in your local area.

Association of Child Psychotherapists 

The ACP (Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists) is the main professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

A membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public.

The British Psychological Society 

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

UKCP is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.

Resources for Children/Teens

HeadsMeds

A website for young people about mental health medication,

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Good overview of the topic, with explanation of anxiety disorders and depression.

TheSite

An online guide to life for 16-25 year-olds in the UK, providing non-judgmental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.

Get Connected

Get Connected is a free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn. They offer phone, email and even a text chat, which is particularly helpful for young people.

MindShift App

This app was designed as a ‘portable coach’ to help kids and teens cope with anxiety. It helps users identify the triggers for their anxiety, and gives tips on dealing with the feelings that they have. There are meditation tracks to listen to, which help to relax.

Calm App

An wonderful app with guided meditation tracks, not only for children with anxiety and depression. Download meditation to help with concentration, better sleep, stress and more – some of which are specially designed for children.

Childline

A service which is provided by the NSPCC. The ChildLine website has content written directly for children and young people.

 

Further Reading

How to Explain Mental Illness to Children