mental health resources
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I’m constantly updating this section of the site as I learn more about depression, childhood mental health and the resources available to parents.

The resources below have all helped me better understand what Nora is going through.

If there’s anything you think I should include in this section, please get in touch and let me know.

Online resources

Beyond Blue – Australian mental health website. Tonnes of useful resources and real life stories. I’m a frequent visitor to this site.

Matt Haig: Reasons to stay alive – Essential reading for anyone suffering from depression or caring for a person with depression. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read this page to Nora. I cry every time.

Time to change – social movement aimed at changing how we all think and act about mental health. Tonnes of resources and particularly good for people dealing with work-related mental health issues.

Young Minds – UK charity specifically dedicated to raising awareness of children and adolescent mental health issues. They have lots of resources for parents, including a parents helpline. I found them very helpful indeed.

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I have built up quite a library of self-help books on depression and children’s mental health. To save you a LOT of time and money, here are the ones I’ve found most useful.

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life (An Instant Help Book for Teens) by Joseph Ciarrochi
Really useful workbook you can use to discuss depression and anxiety with your kid. Some of the exercises work better than others, depending on what your child needs.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Like his blog, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of depression.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-Do Guides for Kids (R)) by Dawn Huebner
Better for younger kids but we still found some of the exercises really helpful.

Beyond The Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression (An Instant Help Book for Teens) by Lisa M Schab
Another really useful workbook.

The Anxiety Workbook For Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry (An Instant Help Book for Teens) by Lisa M Schab
Better for anxiety than depression but – again – we found some of the exercises in here really good.