Young SMILES Improving resilience for children living with parents with mental health illnesses
We know it can be really difficult for parents living with serious mental health issues.
Children who live with parents with serious mental health issues can be at a greater risk of developing:
- poor mental and physical health
- behavioural, social and educational difficulties
- maltreatment and neglect.
Young SMILES is a new intervention in collaboration with the University of Manchester, Barnardo's and the NHS which provides support for families to understand their mental health issues and improve their health and wellbeing.
It builds on our service, Family SMILES.
How it works
Groups of 4-6 children and young people aged 6-16 take part in activities which aim to:
- improve their understanding of mental health
- identify things they worry about and how they talk to their parents about this
- develop problem solving skills to find where they can go for help and support
- find ways they can move on together.
Parents attend 5 sessions which help them:
- identify things their children may worry about
- find ways to support their children
- improve how they talk to their child about their mental health issues and its impact
- find ways to move on together.
Keeping children safe
Evaluating the impact
Find out how we're evaluating Young SMILES.
Evidence Based Decisions
Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP)
Support our services
Our services give children and families a voice when they desperately need support. With your help, we can make sure even more children are safe from abuse.
Mental health and suicidal thoughts in children
Make a donation today
This Christmas, a child will contact Childline every 25 seconds. Help us be there when they’re ready to break their silence.