Mental health problems affect many families. Whether you have a mental health concern yourself or if you want to help your child deal with anxiety, stress, sleeping problems, low mood or something else, there is lots of support available on Good Thinking, including free NHS-approved wellbeing apps, self-assessments and workbooks.
Read Good Thinking's practical guide to help you check in with your child on a regular basis and see how they are.
The guide suggests three simple steps to help you spot the signs of mental ill health, check in and let them know you care, and to help them to get the support that they need.
Good Thinking recommends a range of NHS-approved apps for both adults and young people to help reduce anxiety, get better sleep, lower your stress and boost your mood:
The Combined Minds app helps families and friends to support young people with their mental wellbeing:
Take our quizzes on anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood to get personalised recommendations for NHS-approved apps and other resources, such as charities and helplines.
You can also use our free clinically-validated self-assessment tool to assess your own mental health anonymously, or you can complete the self-assessment on behalf of someone else – it only takes 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with a guiding diagnosis, helpful resources and, if necessary, relevant treatment options. There are five self-assessments to choose from:
The Good Thinking team has developed guidance to help you support your child's wellbeing.
Keep an eye on our Latest Advice page for more articles and blogs.
We would also encourage you to share our Young People section with your child. It includes advice on bullying, bereavement and other important topics.
If you think you might benefit from a more in-depth approach to improving your mental health, our workbooks contain expert advice, exercises you can do at home and checklists you can use. You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.
We have developed two Good Thinking workbooks:
We have also gathered a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI).
Find out more in our Workbooks section.
In a 2020 survey of parents and carers by YoungMinds (May 2020), a third of respondents said they were concerned about the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their child’s mental health.
Visit our COVID-19 advice hub for articles, podcasts and other resources related to coronavirus and mental health.
If you feel your child is extremely distressed and worried that they might not be able to keep themselves safe, please reach out for help. In this article, you’ll find details of NHS 24/7 helplines and other support organisations.