Advice for parents and guardians

Our resource library contains tools to help you confidently engage in conversations about mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience with the young people in your life.

Videos to share with young people

Watch our series of animated videos based on the content of our young people’s programme. Each video focuses on a topic that young people have told us is important to them and support building their resilience through suggested tools and techniques.

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Supporting young people during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our ways of living. For young people, this is a hugely tumultuous time as they haven’t been able to go to school or socialise. We’ve created resources you can share with the young people in your life to help them understand and manage how they’re feeling.

Dealing with uncertainty

Disappointment is natural, but do you feel completely overwhelmed or ‘out of control’ when plans change unexpectedly? Being clear on what is inside and outside our control can help uncover resilience allowing us to adapt, rebuild, recover and recognise that we can also change and develop over time.

Where does the time go?

The more ‘free time’ we have, the harder it can be to find a balance between productivity, leisure time and rest. Using tools from our ‘Juggling Time’ workshop, we bust some of the myths and provide some tips on how you can utilise your time during lockdown.

Supporting yourself and those around you

Whilst there is understandably a lot of focus on physical health at the moment due to COVID-19, you also have a lot to offer in terms of supporting the mental health of your parents, siblings and friends.

Building deeper relationships

After spending more time with the people in your home this year, and dealing with many changes to ‘normality’ we know it can feel pressured and easy to get angry with one another. This time can also be an opportunity to work on our relationships with those we live with.

Having discussions with young people about mental health

Wanting to have a conversation with a young person about mental health, but just don’t feel confident enough to do so? This guide will support you when talking to a young person about mental health and the important role resilience plays.

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Having discussions with other parents and carers about young people’s mental health

Using this guide, presentation and open letter will allow you to discuss your own knowledge and experience with others and share what works for you. This can be done online and in person

Guide for having discussions with other parents and carers

For someone with caring responsibilities for a young person, the idea of discussing emotional wellbeing can be difficult. But don’t be alarmed, this guide will help.

Presentation for having discussions with other parents and carers

Use this presentation to support the discussion guide when talking with other parents and carers.

An open letter from a parent

This letter is from a parent detailing their experience in dealing with a difficult time their child went through. It highlights the importance of having conversations and explains what to do if you are concerned about a young person in your life.

About the resource library

The resources in this library have been developed using content from Bloom, Mental Health UK’s young people’s resilience programme.

It’s thanks to the fundraising efforts of colleagues across Lloyds Banking Group that has allowed us to develop Bloom. Their dedicated support has enabled the delivery of this essential programme, building young people’s mental health resilience across the UK and now empowering young people, parents, and carers closer to home.