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Mental Health Support

 Families are complicated. Some people speak with their family members every day while other families might be more distant, only spending time with each other over the holidays.

When someone is struggling with a mental health problem, their relationships with family members may be damaged or strained, but family support could make all of the difference in their recovery journey.

The Importance of support  for Good Mental Health

The Importance of Support for Good Mental Health.

For many people, good mental health and family support can go hand in hand. However, many family members struggle to understand what their loved one is going through.   

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Coping with anxiety about returning back to school

After being off school for so long, it is only natural that many young people will be worried about returning to school.

Here are some tips from the Young Minds Parents Helpline team on how you can support your child to transition back to school life:

  1. Talk to your child about how they are feeling about going back to school and try not to make assumptions. Ask them if they are worried or feel scared about anything, but also if they are excited about or looking forward to something. No matter how your child feels, let them know that it is completely normal to feel a mixture of emotions and that everyone will be in the same boat. Have a look at more advice on starting a conversation with your child.
  2. Provide your child with as much information about their new routine and school day as you can. This will help them to prepare for any changes that have been made to the timings of their day, the layout of their classroom, their peer groups and playtimes. For younger children, it can be really helpful for them to visualise these changes – so ask your child’s school if they can send any pictures to help make things feel more familiar.
  3. Reassure your child. During the lockdown we have been told to stay at home, remain socially distant from others and wash our hands regularly. This means children may find it difficult to go back to school because it will be a huge change from what they have been asked to do during the pandemic. Talk with your child about ways they can stay safe at school, such as washing their hands before and after eating, and reassure them that the school are putting measures in place to keep them safe.
  4. Re-establish a routine to help ease into school life. During lockdown it is understandable that your family’s routine may have changed. Children are likely to have been waking up later or going to bed later. To help them get ready for school, try to gradually get them back into their usual morning and bedtime routines as they get closer to their return date.
  5. Don’t put pressure on yourself. The transition back into school is likely to take some time. Lots of children will experience ups and downs. Try your best to support, reassure and comfort them, without putting pressure on yourself to make sure their homework is done or they settle into a new routine straightaway.
  6. Think ahead. As well as reflecting on what has happened during the past few weeks, it is important to help children develop hope and a sense of excitement for the future. At a time like this, it can be hard to feel positive, but identifying the things that they can look forward to will help them to realise that the current situation won’t last forever and their feelings will change.
  7. Seek support if you need it. Transitioning back to school after being in lockdown is no easy task. You may find that your child struggles to get back into school or experiences difficulties while they’re at school. If this is the case, reach out to your child’s school as soon as you can so that you can make them aware of the challenges and work together to support your child. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and you think they need professional support, speak to the school and your GP about the best next step.

Documents and Guides


Feeling sad or worried about returning to school?

Parental support for children going to school


Guidance for Schools support  children going to school

Worried about 
going to school?



Keeping ourselves


How do I

Mental health
first aid self care

Parenting a child
with problems


Parenting in a
digital world

Young people's
mental health pack

Top parenting


Mental Health
for home


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