We are always here to listen and support you and your child if you need it. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you need us via the usual channels.
Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) : Mrs Elissa Lodge
Mental Health Champion: Miss Annabel Smout
Here are some useful points of contact to gain further support on specific issues:
A directory of organisations and websites to support parents
Parents and carers sometimes need specific advice about a particular topic but it's not always easy to find what you are looking for. To help you in your search for information, have brought together a directory of tried and tested websites, as recommended by Somerset parents and practitioners.
Parent Carer toolkit
Designed to support parents and carers to find the information they need to help with their role of 'being a parent'. Parenting can be the most rewarding job in the world but at some point, all parents need a bit of help.
We have identified the most common topics that affect families and linked these to recommended web-based information and local support.
Somerset Big Tent is a partnership of Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies. These are VCSE* organisations that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 5-25 in Somerset.
All services on the Somerset Big Tent website have gone through a quality and safety assurance process*, this means that Somerset Big Tent has met with each organisation and are satisfied with the key documents and information that they have provided us with.
Resources for mental health by CAMHS
This is a collection of downloadable self-help guides. Some are aimed at adults but the ideas and suggestions in them can still be relevant for young people and parents. If you click on the image it will automatically download the PDF from its source and the credit will link to the originators main website.
You can give Mindline a call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. No one should face poor mental health alone. We are here.
Our Crisis Safe Space service is now running 7 days a week 6-10:00pm for drop in and appointments in both our Yeovil and Taunton office as well as Saturday and Sunday daytime. To book please call Mindline on 01823 276 892
Whether you want to understand more about how you're feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who's struggling, we can help.
Supports with a range of mental health conditions.
Information and resources, as well as emotional support for those affected by mental health.
Helpline 0300 304 7000 Text care (confidential service with a reply in 72 hours)
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting? MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family, and how to take care of yourself. MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents, working together. a DfE and DoH funded organisation providing support and guidance for parents and carers
If you are a parent or carer of a child in Somerset and would like to speak to a Psychologist with any concerns arising for you, or your family during this time, then The Educational Psychology Service is here for you. We are able to offer an initial 30-minute telephone consultation (discussion) and a potential follow up call, of another 30 minutes if appropriate. Calls will be offered Monday-Friday, during usual working hours.
If you would like to access this service, then please email EPSHelpline@somerset.gov.uk
with the following information:
• Your name
• The name of your child’s school (or ‘EHE’ if Electively Home Educated)
• Times and dates that you are not available for consultation
If email is not possible, then call 01823 357000. Please understand that we are likely to be slower to respond to phone calls. Our
The Family Pack
Lifestyle resource pack for families
In this pack we approach subjects such as:
he course is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social care workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. It is free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.
Young People and Their Mental Health has been created for young people aged over 14 wanting to know more about mental health. This course may also be of interest to parents, caregivers, teachers and medical professionals.
Somerset Talking Therapies
Somerset Talking Therapies is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. We offer emotional and psychological support to anyone – aged over 18 and registered with a Somerset GP – who is feeling anxious or depressed. You can refer yourself directly here via the website