Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

All parents struggle at one time or another but there is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on family relationships. We are seeing more and more Home-Start families starting to struggle with their mental health. Reduced social interaction and additional money worries are leaving many parents with small children in quite a dark and scary place.

Now, more than ever, parenting is about doing the best you can with what you have and it’s important not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself.

Kindness is the theme of this years Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s important that parents are also kind to themselves.

We are continuing to offer friendship and support to families during these difficult times, helping build confidence and self-esteem as well as signposting to support services where necessary.

Experts are also warning that there is likely to be a crisis in poor mental health after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed. In the coming weeks and months, we will work harder than ever to find ways to make sure our families continue to have the support they need. We are fully expecting to see a sharp rise in the number of referrals in the coming months as more and more families need our support. If you would like to support our work please consider donating to our Emergency Coronavirus Fund.