Background to the website


This resource is managed by the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH), a charity working to improve understanding of young people’s health needs and to promote youth friendly health services. 

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.  

Over the last few years we have been funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, the Balcombe Family Trust and NHS England to do a various pieces of work to help us understand what might help parents to help their young people.  This has included an online survey, focus groups with parents and young people, and meetings with people running projects for parents.  

Our work has shown that parents play a key role in supporting their children through both crisis and recovery, but that they struggle to find the resources they need to do this.  This website was designed to help, and we are continuing to work with service providers to test new models of working with parents and their young people, in ways that support everyone’s rights, confidentiality, and long term health.

How we developed the website

We drew on our interviews with parents and young people, on research that we have done over the years on supporting parents, and on material and contacts provided in our  stakeholder events.  We are grateful to the organisations that have provided access to their information.  The information has been reviewed by Dr Peter Wilson, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, who is a Trustee of AYPH.


The material presented on this website is not intended to give specific medical or psychological advice for any individual, and is provided for information only.  It is not intended to cover all the all issues related to young people’s mental health or parent support. This information should not replace consultation with your doctor or other qualified mental health providers and/or specialists. If you believe you or another individual is suffering a mental health crisis or other medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately, seek medical attention immediately in an emergency room or call 999.   

Using this website, you may be provided with links to websites operated by third parties. AYPH does not control such websites and is not responsible for their content or operation. Links to other websites are provided solely as a courtesy and references in the links are not-endorsed, approved or sponsored by AYPH. Use of this site and any other website to which a link is provided remains the responsibility of the user.

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