Support and Advice in Essex for Parents

Mental Health support for Young People

West Essex Mind provides information and support to anyone who is affected by mental health problems in themselves or their family in West Essex. 

Our Mental Health Support Teams run regular online parent workshops too for Anxiety and Challenging Behaviour and these are aimed at the parents of primary age children. 

In addition, our Parent to Parent programme offers support to parents who feel isolated in their parenting through 1-1 buddy support, group parent pods and access to Supporting Teenagers Emotional Wellbeing and Early Years Parenting courses.

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service 

Provide activities and support for children, young people and families living in West Essex. The focus of our service is making sure that all children and young people aged pre-birth to 19 years in Harlow have the best possible start in life. Children, young people, and their families can access a broad range of support in their community, school, family home or at our Family Hubs and Delivery Sites.

This can include:

  • Parenting Support
  • Support with Child development and School Readiness
  • Family Health
  • Emotional Wellbeing Support
  • Support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25years)
  • Health and Wellbeing Support for School aged children 5yrs-19yrs
  • Family hub facebook page can be found by clicking areas below:
  • Harlow 
  • Epping Forest 
  • Uttlesford

Together with Baby is a service designed to help parents understand better their baby’s emotional responses and communications as well as strengthen the relationship. Many parents find  they have not bonded with their baby in the way they hoped or difficult feelings regarding the experience of parenting have arisen which may feel confusing and uncomfortable. . The service offers a safe non-judgemental space to help parents understand further the difficulties they are encountering.  Call 01621 866900 or email

The NHS campaign – Every Mind Matters – includes ten helpful tips to help parents and carers support their child. 

MindEd is a free educational resource for parents and carers looking for support around children’s mental health and wellbeing

Relate offers useful tips to help parents and carers support their child.

Young Minds have some great resources for parents who are worried about a child or young person's behaviour or mental health. Click here to access them.

Information sheet on how to stay positive & Healthy during coronavirus


New Essex Sexual Health Service webpages dedicated to parents and carers

We're thrilled to announce a brand new section on the Essex Sexual Health website dedicated to parents and carers! Explore a wealth of resources designed to support you in discussing and managing sexual health with your children and teens. Find FAQs, advice on how to have those important conversations, and insights into sexual education. We've got everything to empower you to be a confident guide in your child's sexual health journey.  Visit us now at Essex Sexual Health - Parents and Carers and discover all the tools you need in one place!


Youth Vaping podcast for parents/carers and anyone working with young people

Essex Public Health are working in partnership with young people, parents, carers, schools and wider stakeholders to reduce current usage and prevent uptake of vaping amongst children and young people in Essex.   The Training Effect, The Children’s Society and Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service have worked together to produce a short 20 minute podcast on Youth Vaping in Essex discussing information on the potential drivers behind Youth Vaping, knowledge and awareness around vaping including potential health impacts for young people and how to have supportive conversations with young people. Please scroll to the bottom of the following page on Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board website;  ESCB - Substance misuse and youth vaping

This page provide advice and information for parent to help their young people who may be experiencing issues with their mental health.

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