There is a range of support available for parents and carers of children and young people using our services. This includes support groups and information sessions provided by some of our Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services and online resources.

How to get help?

If you are the parent or carer for a young person aged 0 to 18 years old with a Nottinghamshire GP, you can refer on their behalf to CAMHS. This means that you can directly approach our team to ask for help.

You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help. If you prefer, you can ask for help by completing an online referral form.   

If you prefer you can speak to your GP or school health nurse who can get in touch with us by calling or writing to us. Any other professional who works with your child / young person like a social worker, counsellor or youth worker can also contact us to find out how we can help you.

For a full range of Mental health Support services in Nottingham please download the following documents that the youth led MH2K team have put together:


View our support page for parents and carers.

Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) Parenting Programme

This programme helps parents regain their ability to parent in a calm and confident manner. It can help develop a support network to stop violent, destructive or risky behaviours both in and out of the home and can help to improve relationships between family members. Topics discussed include de-escalating conflict, increasing parental presence and taking a firm stand against unacceptable behaviour within the family. The programme consists of eight sessions, which last for two hours. We will offer this to you if we think it would be helpful.

Parent/carer of young people who self-harm information sessions

These information and support evenings provide an opportunity to meet with other parents and carers to share experiences and find out more about self-harm. The sessions are held every other month on a Tuesday at 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Hopewood, Foster Drive, Nottingham, NG5 3FL. For forthcoming dates and to book a place please speak to the CAMHS lead professional for your child or young person.

Online resources

Young Minds has a lot of useful information about children and young people’s mental health conditions and also the types of support available for parents or carers. They also provide a free, confidential online and telephone support service ‘Parents Helpline’

MindED for Families provides online advice and information to help parents and carers understand and identify early issues to best support their child or young person.

Free mental health webinars from the Charlie Waller Trust 

Supporting your child if they are viewing or sharing self-harm and suicide content online (

Health for Teens | Nottinghamshire

Local mental health advice and help for young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, all in one place.

Support Groups - Nottingham / Nottinghamshire Carers Hub Service (

If you are concerned about your own mental health and wellbeing please speak to your GP or visit  Nottinghamshire Talking Therapies ( .

Parenting Mental Health | Home

Children's centre service | Nottinghamshire County Council

Carers’ information and assessment

We have lots of useful information for families and carers on our website, this includes the different help and support that is available and how to arrange for a carers’ assessment. Visit the families and carers support and information section.

Get involved

We are committed to involving people in our work and using their experiences and their views to improve our services and most importantly, improve people’s lives. Find out more about the different ways that you can get involved and help to influence our services.

Did you know there are volunteering and involvement opportunities in CAMHS? Here's one parent's experience:

Involvement through volunteering, project work and co-production is of benefit to everyone involved. I would encourage anyone with an interest in giving up a little time to help support CAMHS to get in touch with the Involvement Team and find out what projects are currently running. I feel we all have a responsibility to contribute whatever we can, however small, to improve and work towards excellence for the future services our children will inherit.

Printable resources

Family Ambassadors Information sheet

Family Ambassadors Information sheet

Providing support for parents and carer's who have a young person in CAMHS Tier 4 Inpatient Ward.  

The East Midlands Family Ambassadors are a team of non-clinical professionals with lived experiences who can help parents and carers to be seen, heard and involved in their child's care, providing support in a wide range of areas to meet your needs.

If you would like to find out more about how the Family Ambassador Team can support you and your family please email:


Download a copy of our Family Ambassadors Information sheet.


Young Carers Notts poster Young Carers Notts

Free and confidential support for young carers in Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham.

Young Carers Notts is for young carers age 5-17. We offer group sessions, short breaks, social opportunities with other young carers, fun activities, and practical advice about caring for someone.

Young Carers Notts also helps those working with young people to increase identification of young carers and promote the support available.


Download a copy of our Young Carers Notts poster.



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