You are not alone! Supporting a child struggling with their emotions can be challenging and isolating. Family life has its ups and downs.
Call our free and confidential helpline for support
Family Lives offers a confidential and free* helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Please call us on 0808 800 2222 for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Our helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Families and Wellbeing Service 0-19 – health visitors and school nurses
East Hub (covering East Staffordshire, Rugeley, Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock)
0300 303 3924
Referrals accepted by parents and professionals
Family caring trust: From pram to primary (0-10 years)
2 hour sessions over 8 weeks
Suitable for parents who are struggling with a child’s behaviour; mealtimes/ bedtimes/ lack understanding of how to talk and listen to their child, set fair, consistent boundaries, consequences and rewards. The course focuses on children’s behaviour aged between 2 and 10 years primarily. Many opportunities to support parenting and develop adults confidence as parents.
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Family support for young people and their parents/carers. Offering practical support and advice along with a therapeutic approach to support adults and young people through difficulties. We can work with families at home, at school or at a neutral venue.
Referrals can be made via Mrs Shaw in school
‘Toolbox’ is an open access, self-empowering, emotional wellbeing signposting service.
It involves a 60 minute Toolbox appointment with a SSNMH Toolbox worker and a follow up evaluation at 3 weeks and 3 months.
It is to help adults to become more aware of their emotional wellbeing, identify their own support network throughout the 4 identifiable stages of mental health experiences, wellness, illness, distress and crisis and be signposted to emotional wellbeing tools and services that may be helpful for them.
Individuals may self-refer to a toolbox appointment or be referred through services and community groups.
Ask Mrs Shaw for more information
I thought it may be useful to share some information regarding support that may be available to you. We understand that at certain times and for a variety of reasons family life can be hard. We don’t always know where we can turn for some support, either for ourselves or our children. We want our families to be supported early on and school can sometimes be the only place to turn to, even for ourselves.
Interventions in school:
- One to one
- Nurture forest school
- Relax Kids sessions for all pupils
- Workshops: anger, anxiety, confidence, resilience, understanding emotions, bereavement
- Groups including nurture, confidence, anger, understanding emotions, lego therapy
- Draw and talk
School can also signpost and refer to other external agencies for example Young carers and the Early Help Team.
Some of our pupils have had the opportunity to take part in some workshops recently. These were hugely popular so we will look at doing these again in the future. Here are some photos from the Worry, Anger and Happiness ones:
Other useful numbers & websites
These have websites and can be followed on Facebook and Twitter:
MindEd for families and Youngminds
Parent helpline 0808 802 5544
Staffs Mental Health Helpline
0808 800 2234
Text 07860 022821 (Free)
Helpline 116 123 (24hrs)
Topics include Anger, Anxiety, Body Image, bullying and family relationships
Helpful resources to support MH and wellbeing for young people and carers
Books, websites, apps, downloads, videos
Support for grieving children
Good go to website for mental health and topics including Pants Talk and digital safety
Parent help line 0808 802 5544 for advice, signposting and emotional support
School can also refer and signpost pupils/families to bereavement services, young carers and other local statutory and voluntary services.