Parents and carers

Last published 25 May 2021

Mental health problems affect many families. Whether you have a mental health condition yourself or if you want to help your child deal with anxiety, stress, sleeping problems or low mood, there is lots of support available.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you might be particularly worried about how it is affecting your son or daughter. In a survey of parents and carers by YoungMinds (May 2020), a third of respondents said they were concerned about the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s mental health.

Good Thinking provides a range of NHS-approved wellbeing apps, as well as workbooks, guides, podcasts and blogs to help you and your family.

Feeling Good (Free)

Feeling Good offers Positive Mental Training audio programmes that boost your resilience and mood. The app is based on a Swedish Olympic sports performance programme.

Be Mindful (free)

A clinically proven online mindfulness course approved by the NHS, Be Mindful helps you to manage stress, anxiety and depression through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).


Meditainment uses established guided meditation and visualisation techniques, leading you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations to explore and reflect on a range of wellbeing topics.

MyCognitionPRO (free)

By using this NHS-approved programme for 15 minutes a day, you can optimise your cognitive health, mental wellbeing and resilience to stress.

My Possible Self (free)

This clinically proven app can help you to understand and identify the causes of stress, anxiety and low mood so you can learn coping mechanisms and manage future situations better.

tomo (free)

tomo is expertly designed to support you with many of life's obstacles, including social anxiety and poor sleep. The app combines digital peer support with the best of social media and proven therapeutic techniques.

Take our quizzes on anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood to get recommendations for NHS-approved apps.

You can also use our free clinically-validated self-assessment tool to assess your mental health anonymously – it only takes 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with a guiding diagnosis, helpful resources and, if necessary, relevant treatment options.

We offer an overall self-assessment tool or you can check your anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood.

We’ve gathered a range of evidence-based information sheets and workbooks on mental wellbeing by the renowned Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI). You can view, download and share this content and go through it in your own time.


These four information sheets contain facts about sleep and insomnia as well as advice about sleep hygiene.


This workbook has 10 modules and covers everything from negative beliefs through to problem solving, helpful thinking and self-management.

Health anxiety

With nine modules, this workbook helps those who worry excessively about their health and provides advice on healthy living and self-management.


As well as an introduction to depression, this workbook features nine modules by Back from the Bluez, which include behavioural strategies and core beliefs.


With seven modules, this workbook explains how to introduce self-compassionate thinking and behaviours into your life.


These three information sheets cover the benefits of mindfulness and provide guidance on how to become mindful.


Featuring 12 modules, this workbook covers everything from unhelpful thinking styles through to breathing and self-management.

Find out more in our Workbooks section.

To help families manage their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Good Thinking team has developed a range of ‘how to’ guides and advice as well as podcasts and blogs. We recommend the following content for parents and carers:

Advice for parents and carers

Advice for parents and carers about the stress of exam results

Advice for children and young people

Back to school: Advice for parents and carers

Five ways to good mental wellbeing

Supporting the whole family through the pandemic (podcast)

Visit our COVID-19 advice hub for more articles and podcasts, including advice about how to support children with autistic spectrum disorder and young people with eating disorders.

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.

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