Parenting is a full-time job and it's really important to take time to look after your own wellbeing. While parenting can be incredibly rewarding, it's also stressful and hard work at times.
It's okay to ask for help. There are lots of teams and services which have been specially designed to support parents and carers with the challenges of parenting. They will not judge you, instead, speak to you to understand the bigger picture and identify ways to support you and your family moving forward.
Who can help?
Support with parenting
Our teams at the Starting Well Partnership are here to help you with all aspects of parenting. If you feel you're struggling and need some support, you can make a request for parenting support via our online form.
Health Visitors and the Telephone Advisory Line (TAS)
You can contact your health visitor to discuss any health and development concerns you may have regarding your child. If your child is under 5 years old and you need advice on issues such as feeding, behavior or constipation, contact our Telephone Advisory Service (TAS) on: 0300 123 9551 Mon-Fri 9am-3pm.
Parental Mental Health
One in 6 adults in the UK experience mental health difficulties and parents are not exempt from this. There are lots of teams and services on hand to support you, whether you are experiencing common mental health problems such as stress and anxiety, or more significant changes which are having a bigger impact on your day-to-day life. It doesn't matter whether you're mum, dad, gran or grandad, there is still support available to you. To find out more visit the parental mental health section.
Early help - Worcestershire Children First
The Early Help Partnership provides support and intervention for children, young people and families experiencing difficulties.Early Help work with a number of partner organisations who can support with emerging or presenting needs impacting on the child or family as a whole. Parents and families can self-refer online via the Worcestershire Children First website [opens in new window].