Family in Mind

A project to support parents experiencing mental health difficulties and their children.

Parents with mental health difficulties can feel isolated, judged and stigmatised.  Children and young people whose parents have mental health difficulties can experience similar feelings as well as worrying about their parent.  This can affect all aspects of their lives.   Without the opportunity to explore the impact of mental health on all family members, and plan support strategies for difficult times, relationships can become strained leading to further distress within families.  

This project will support parents and their children. Group sessions for young people will run alongside group sessions for parents with mental health difficulties. These will provide a safe space for families to talk about the things that are important to them, develop family support networks and coping strategies, and strengthen relationships.   Ongoing 'maintenance', befriending and peer support will ensure that the benefits of group support and increased family resilience are maintained.   The project will be supported by training sessions for professionals in both children's and adults services who wish to increase their understanding of recent legislation which closes gaps in the assessment of families and increases rights for young carers.  

Referrals To make a referral or for more information, please contact: Sylvia Shatwell, Barnardo’s Willow Young Carers: or 0113 2622851 Yoshiko Stokoe, Leeds Mind: or 0113 305 5803  

Volunteering Willow Young Carers Service is recruiting volunteers who are interested in supporting this project as ‘befrienders’ for young people.  For further information contact Suzy Flattery at Willow on 2622851.

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