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Emotional wellbeing information and resources to help children and young people in Hertfordshire.




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National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

If you need help for a mental health crisis 


Just Talk Week 

Check out the resources for parents and carers from Just Talk Week 2023, "Back to basics" including guidance on what to do if your child tells you they're NOT OK. 

Check out the resources for parents and carers from Just Talk Week 2022 - "Look beneath the surface." 

These resources  can help all year round.


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First Steps ED
Free online workshops for Hertfordshire parents, carers & older siblings who are supporting a young person with their body image, disordered eating and/or eating disorders. 

Our top tips for parents (PDF 45kb)
How you can make it easier for your child to talk about mental health, and seek help when it's needed.

Herts Mind Network 
Training and workshops, including 'Spot the Signs' and emotional wellbeing.

Talking to young people about drugs and alcohol (PDF 45Kb)

A useful guide for parents, carers, teachers and anyone looking out for a child or young person.

MindEd For Families 
Worried about your child? Get advice from trusted experts on how to support your family and yourself when problems occur.

Call the parents' helpline to talk to trained advisers, or take a look at their A-Z support guide.

"When you're feeling low yourself, how do you communicate about that with your children?" (PDF 542kb) 
Iain Lee, Twitch presenter, talks to us about mental health.

NESSie Free Early Help Parenting Support Service
Support for parents/carers of children and young people with emotional and mental health issues. NESSie's services include: 

  • Free online and face-to-face parent/carer workshops within a school/community setting. 
  • Parent Support line: 07932 651319 (Thursdays 9am-12pm or by appointment).
  • 1-to-1 targeted support sessions by appointment.
  • Drop-in coffee mornings for a chance to gain peer support.
  • Private moderated Facebook support group


Helping children and young people who are worried about going to school

YoungMinds - Supporting your child with school anxiety and refusal How you can support them and work with your school.

Find more advice and guidance if your child is avoiding school due to anxiety here.


Education and learning

BBC Bitesize
Daily lessons for every year group.

Picture books
A selection of picture books available from Hertfordshire Library Service that reflect and celebrate the diverse families that make up our communities. Stories with LGBTQ+ families and themes.

Healthy weight
Advice for parents on healthy eating as well as healthy lunchbox recipes.


Supporting young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

The Local Offer
What you can do if you think your child may have special educational needs?  Visit the Local Offer website which includes information for parents and young people about special educational needs and disabilities services available in Hertfordshire.

Support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability and their parents on issues relating to SEND.

A range of services throughout Hertfordshire aimed at helping parents and carers to understand and support these complex conditions.

Neurodiversity Support Hub information

A hub to support parents, carers and professionals with signposting and guidance around Special Educational Needs and mental health. 

This includes a helpline, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm:

01727 833963