I'm supporting a young person

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviour, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. This section is designed to help you.

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Mental ill-health
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Supporting your young person experiencing anxiety about climate change

Young people are increasingly committed to caring for the environment, because of a growing awareness of climate change as a global environmental issue.

Understanding gaming: a guide for family and friends

Games are an integral part of human behaviour. It is normal and healthy for young people to engage in play as a part of their daily lives, including playing games online.

An overview of mental health for family and friends

The journey from childhood to adulthood is full of physical, social, emotional and behavioural changes. With so much happening, it can be difficult to know the difference between normal behaviour such as occasional moodiness and irritability, and an emerg

how to start the conversation about mental health

A lot of things go unsaid between young people and their parents, especially when it comes to mental health. Our Fathers Campaign aims to open up conversations between parents and young people.

understanding teenage relationships

The relationships we have with friends, romantic partners, family, teachers and workmates have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. If relationships are positive then they can provide us with a feeling of being respected and cared for.

understanding bullying - for friends and family

Family and friends can play a critical role in supporting young people involved in or experiencing bullying. Positive relationships can help protect young people from the negative consequences associated with being bullied.

understanding gender identity - for family and friends

Gender identity is generally developed very early in life. It's about how you experience or perceive your gender, how you show this to others, and how you want others to treat you.

understanding sexuality and sexual identity - for family and friends

The term sexuality refers to a person's sexual attractions, experiences of the attraction and sexual preferences.