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Support and Guidance for Parents and Carers



NHS- recommended Mental Health Helplines


If you are worried about your child, or think that you need advice from professionals, there are a range of local and national services across the UK and Wiltshire including:

Health and wellbeing printable document

Help with specific mental health concerns:


(Anger can be Anxiety in disguise)

Dealing with child anger -NHS

Anger Management TipsScholastic, for EYFS and KS1

An anger management story for children written by Lori Lite. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger. It focuses on the ownership of feelings and emotions and taking command of the situation.

This book was written by Luke Baker (a former ELSA). The book is about The Red family and their youngest member Rory. Rory Red is very angry all of the time. He wants to change but is told by both parents that “It is just who you are.” Rory wants to change and one day meets a new friend Yasmine Yellow. Yasmine shows him the way and helps him to understand how he can change. Yasmine helps him by suggesting different calming techniques to help him cope with his anger. This book is suitable for EYFS, KS1 (and possibly lower KS2.)


Supporting a child with anxiety: Parents and Carers Guide


Anxiety in children NHS guidance

Cerebral Guide for Parents: Anxiety

Understanding anxiety – colourful guide from the Priory Group

What is Anxiety?– leaflet from Dragonfly Impact Education

Ideas to help manage your anxiety– from NHS Every Mind Matters

A free app for sleep, anxiety and stress– from Insight Timer

Helping your child with anxiety link– Young Minds

Children and Anxiety Leaflet– Anxiety UK

The Anxious Child booklet for parents– The Mental Health Foundation

How to support your child if they are anxious about Coronavirus– Young Minds

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus– The Children’s Commissioner

Childhood isn’t stress- free

Separation Anxiety– ELSA chat/support

Reducing separation anxiety tips for parents– Anna Freud


“What to Do When You Worry Too Much” ( A kids guide to overcoming anxiety) by Dawn Huebner is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change.

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin” by Kate Collins-Donnelly, suitable for 5-9 year olds.

“The Unworry Book” from Usborne- an activity book most suitable for children aged 7 and over; they could enjoy completing it alone as a way of self-soothing. It includes doodling pages, joke pages, rip it and breathing exercises.

“The Invisible String’“ by Patrice Karst- a therapeutic story that can be used for separation anxiety:

Dealing with bereavement and other experiences of loss

Children and bereavement NHS guidance

Winston’s Wish UK childhood bereavement charity. www.winstonswish.org/

MindEd Loss and Bereavement Bite Size Advice


Depression: Guide for parents and carers

Depression in children and young people NHS guidance



Coping with self-harm: Guide for parents and carers

General Tips and Guidance

Top Tips for Parents

How to support your child’s wellbeing– The Children’s society

Positive Parenting guide– NSPCC

Promoting growth, wellbeing and achievement– Flying colours

Children with Additional Needs and Miscellaneous re. Covid

e-learning self-sooth strategies – from Pooky Knightsmith

Tailored Support for EYFS Parents and Carers: Resources from the Anna Freud Trust

Care for the Family has specific information for parents and carers of children with additional needs as well as general parenting info.

Also Facebook page.

Supporting Neurodiverse Children In Challenging Times Such As During Self-Isolation – video from NHS East London

A pictorial explanation of the coronavirus (designed primarily for children on the autistic spectrum)

Covid-19 support and advice for parents – from Wiltshire Council

WPCC COVID-19 web pages – from Wiltshire Parent Carer Council

Wiltshire Council’s Coronavirus page including details of the new Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

Coronavirus guidance for carers – from Carers UK

Guidance on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreakfrom the DfE

Parenting during COVID-19 – pdf from Triple P

Triple P website and Facebook page – for parenting support

Building Self-Esteem

Helping your child build self-esteem