Families are critical to young people’s health.  We’re interested in finding out more about the role they play, and in how to support them to help their young people achieve the best possible health outcomes.

The parents of adolescents are the most unsupported of all groups of parents, and those who have teenagers with mental health problems are particularly isolated.  Yet parents could be a big part of the solution as far as successful outcomes for young people are concerned.  Our research shows they play a key role in supporting their children through both crisis and recovery.


In May 2021 we took a step back recently to look at all our parenting work in

the round, to consider the emerging policy and practice issues.  In our new briefing

we have identified examples of good practice and next steps for developing more parents support.  There are things that can be done nationally as well as locally.  We hope that it will stimulate debate in the sector, help parents and the young people they care for feel more supported, and lead to improvements in local CAMHS offers to parents and carers.

Help for parents website logo

A couple of years ago we launced our own ‘Help for Parents‘ website, designed to provide support for parents in this situation. The website arose out of our work with parenting support groups, and we’re interested in knowing how parents and services might be using it.


As part of our early work in this area, AYPH undertook a research project funded by the Sir Halley Stewart TrusCover of There for You reportt, including an online survey, focus groups with parents and young people, and meetings with stakeholders.  The project is described in more detail in our project summary.  A briefing paper on the findings from our survey of over 300 parents was published in November 2016. The briefing paper was debated in the House of Lords.

A list of resources for parents can be downloaded here.

In a second phase of the work, AYPH undertook a project funded by NHS England, to scope out examples of good practice from across the country for working with parents facing these kinds of challenges.

We have presented our work at various conferences, including a PHE poster which can be downloaded here.