Mental health for parenting

Strong parenting skills support a child’s mental health

As well as working directly with children and young people we work closely with parents to enhance their children’s mental health. Our staff provide parenting support to:

  • Establish routines to improve family life
  • Manage behaviour and difficult feelings
  • Improve money management
  • Help their children achieve their educational potential

Our services build stability and strengthen relationships

Our parenting courses are tailored to meet individual family needs and are delivered in groups or one-to-one. Our analysis shows that 70% of children gain a warmer and more supportive relationship with their parent(s) or carer(s) [2]. These relationships are the foundation of a child or young person’s mental health and help them achieve their potential. 


With our support, family life is improved for 71%(2)

Children (and adults) feel most secure when their lives have established routines.  These help families function more effectively, not only because things like mealtimes and getting to school are more organised, but because children are happier and more secure knowing what is expected of them.

Parents can struggle for a variety of reasons, like their living situation, the circumstances of the child's birth or their own physical or mental health. This can happen with new parents and with those who have had children before. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and it isn't the mark of a bad parent, however it is important to get help.


77% are more able to achieve

Problems at school and failure to achieve in education are likely to have a negative impact on mental health.

We enable parents to support their children to attend school and we support children and young adults to positively engage in education.

Using one-to-one or group counselling to build mental resilience we see an improvement in 77% of children in their ability to achieve their educational potential[2].


Good friends help out

Good friendships and networks help develop parenting skills and can be vital if you’re facing additional challenges (for example, if English isn’t your first language, or if you have a child with disabilities).

These supportive friendships are another important factor in mental health, and with our support, parents and carers build good networks and friendships.

-I don't know where I'd be without Action for Children

We've worked with parents like Riley

Riley started coming to one of our children’s centres when her daughter, Bella, was 2 years old. At first Bella would scream every time her mother left the room, but gradually she started to feel more confident and began to have fun. 

With one-to-one support at the children’s centre, Riley has been helped in tackling a range of parenting issues, including creating a good sleep routine for Bella after several failed attempts.


Read Riley's full story

[1] Action for Children poll of 2,000 parents 2015

[2] Improvement data from Action for Children e-Aspire analysis (April 2015 – March 2016) of 18,889 children and young people.