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Professional support for parents

Photo: There are lots of organisations which can provide mental health support for parents.

"I got my counselling through a NICU (neonatal intensive care) psychologist because we'd gone through the cochlear implant programme who referred me to them, as my child had been premature. This counselling really helped me."

Juliet attended our Happy Futures training for parents

Parenting is a hugely rewarding experience, but it's not without its challenges. Admitting that you're finding things tough doesn't mean you love your child any less, it just means you might benefit from a bit more support.

Parenting a deaf child can bring additional challenges, such as coming to terms with a diagnosis, handling medical procedures and surgeries, or fighting to get the right educational or financial support. We talk a lot about supporting our children through these experiences, but it's important to recognise that these things can take their toll on parents, too.

If you're feeling low or have noticed that you are more tired, anxious or emotional than usual, you might benefit from professional support. Visit your GP and explain how you've been feeling. Other organisations who might be able to help are listed below.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, contact the Samaritans or go to your nearest A&E department for help.

Navigate
Nagivate is a national mentoring service run by disability charity Scope, providing emotional support for parents and carers of disabled children. British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation is available.

SignHealth
Support for deaf adults in both English and BSL.

Mind
The UK's leading mental health charity, Mind offers bespoke advice and support for parents living with a mental health condition.

NSPCC
The NSPCC offers help and advice for parents and families dealing with mental health difficulties.

YoungMinds
YoungMinds is dedicated to improving children and young people's mental health, but they also offer advice and support for parents.

Gingerbread
A charity supporting single parent families to live happy, secure and fulfilling lives.

NHS
Mental health support is available for free on the NHS. Depending on where you live, you might need to ask your GP for a referral, or you might be able to refer yourself.

Mental Health Foundation
Information and advice about mental health support for people living in the UK.