The following free digital resources have been developed by Centre staff to provide advice and guidance to parents and carers who are supporting a child or young person who may be struggling with their mental health. For resources developed for young people, please visit On My Mind.
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Should you have any questions regarding any of our resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AFC Crisis Messenger
The AFC Crisis Messenger poster is for any professional setting which parents and carers may have access to. Read more about the AFC Crisis Messenger service.
AFC Crisis Messenger Parent and Carers poster: View pdf (suitable for print)
Self-care in your baby's first months
Our Self-care in your baby's first months poster offers some simple self-care advice for new parents and carers about the importance of looking after their own mental health and wellbeing in their baby's first few months.
Download and print the Self-care in your baby's first months poster for your nursery, children's centre, health visitor clinic or GP or hospital waiting room.
Helping you toddler grow
Our Helping your toddler grow poster offers some simple advice for parents and carers about supporting the emotional wellbeing of their developing child.
Download and print the Helping your toddler grow poster for your nursery, children's centre, health visitor clinic or GP or hospital waiting room.
Supporting your baby's relationships with others
Our Supporting your baby's relationships with others poster offers some simple advice for parents and carers about how to help your baby bond with key people in their lives, such as grandparents and nursery staff.
Download Supporting your baby's relationships with others poster for your nursery, children's centre, health visitor clinic or GP or hospital waiting room.
Self-care top tips for young parents and carers
Our Self-care top-tips for young parents and carers booklet offers some simple self-care advice for young parents and carers about the importance of self-care and looking after their own mental health and wellbeing whilst raising children.
Download Self-care top tips for young parents and carers.
Supporting traumatically bereaved children and young – a guide for parents and carers
Are you a parent or carer of a child or young person who is struggling following a bereavement? This guide, developed by the UK Trauma Council, explains traumatic bereavement and helps you to consider if this is what your child is experiencing.
View and download the Traumatic Bereavement Guide for Parents and Carers. (Please note these resources are hosted on the UK Trauma Council website. The UK Trauma Council is hosted and supported by the Anna Freud Centre.)
Shared decision making
The Shared decision making poster accompanies the shared decision making page which support parents and carers to work with their child and mental health professionals to make informed choices about mental health treatment.
We All Have Mental Health
An animation designed to give young people aged 11–14 a common language and understanding of what we mean by mental health and how we can look after it. It has been created for young people in Key stage 3 and can be used with accompanying teaching resources.
You can also view and download our Talking mental health with young people at secondary school leaflet for parents and carers which accompanies the animation.
This animation and the accompanying toolkit have also been translated in to Welsh:
Talking Mental Health
An animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond. The animation and accompanying resources have been created by a team of animators, children, teachers and clinicians, and is being taught to Year 5 and 6 children around the UK.
You can also view and download our You're never too young to talk mental health leaflet for parents and carers which accompanies the animation.