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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health – (Parents)

Solar: Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Barnardo’s and Autism West Midlands work  together to provide emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Solihull.

The Read Me Well children’s books on prescription  service provides support to children on a range of issues including bullying, death, anger, shyness, divorce or illness in the family. There are books available for 2 year olds to teenagers. There are collections at Solihull Central Library and Chelmsley Wood Library.

Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries. Further information about the scheme in Solihull librarys can be found under Reading Well Shelf Help.

Chelmsley Wood Reading Den is a space that has been created with the particular needs of fostered and adopted children and young people in mind. It provides free access to specialist books, stories and resources to help parents, carers and children think and talk about their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

This Emotional Health and Wellbeing booklist provides titles of books for children, young people and adults linked to a wide range of topics including bereavement, mindfulness and more general information on the topic.

HeadMeds (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) Website developed by the charity YoungMinds providing general information about common medications that may be prescribed for children and young people with diagnosed mental health conditions.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) Parents and Youth Info index (weblink) (link opens in new tab or page) PCPSYCH provides specifically tailored information for young people, parents, teachers and carers about mental health.

The Young Minds (weblink) (link opens in a new tab or page) helpline for parents offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Call Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines) or email .

HopeLineUK (0800 068 41 41) is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to:

  • Anyone who is concerned about a young person;
  • Children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling.

Self Harm – guide for parents Useful advice for parents on responding to self-harm.

Self-harm & Young People: A Guide for Parents and Carers A video by the Right Here Brighton and Hove Project to inform and reassure anyone concerned about a young person who is self-harming.

Revising for Exams: Tips for getting it right  is a downloadable guide for students.

Body Image: Dove have produced resources to support parents in developing self-esteem in their children. More information:

Anti- bullying

Anti-Bullying Association sources of advice for parents and carers are available here. Young Minds also has advice for parents who are worried about bullying.

ChildLine provides information, help and support in addition to the helpline.

The NSPCC have produced an Online Abuse and Bullying Prevention Guide to help children young people understand what constitutes abusive behaviour online, the consequences of that behaviour, and where they can get help.

Digital Awareness UK and the Girl’s Day School Trust have developed resources to help teachers develop their pupils’ understanding of online safety – both physical safety and emotional wellbeing . Live My Digital is a series of 6 films for parents and 6 films for students on the following topics: Cyberbullying; The digital footprint; Identity and self-esteem; Relationships and grooming; Security and privacy; and Sexting.

Other useful websites: