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Help and support

Our aim in carrying out this research is to support parents who experience anxiety. However, we know that thinking about our mental health, our parenting and our children can be very emotional.

If you find that you are struggling with your emotions, please take a moment to remind yourself that you are here because you want to help your child to flourish. That is a wonderful thing.

If you are feeling anxious or low it may be helpful to think of some self-care things you can do. These will be different for everyone - some examples are listed below.

Get support from others

Think about whether there is a friend or family member that you can have a chat with whether online, over the phone or face to face.

Try some breathing exercises

Calming your breathing can help you feel more relaxed and in control.

  1. Lie or sit somewhere quiet. You may find it comfortable to put your hand on your stomach between your rib cage.
  2. Breathe in to the count of five
  3. Breathe out to the count of five
  4. Repeat this pattern of slow breaths until you feel calmer.

Other sources of support

Sometimes it can be helpful to speak to someone you don’t know but who is there to listen. Below are contact details for organisations which offer telephone and text support.

Anxiety UK

A national charity supporting people with anxiety.

Helpline: 03444 775 774 (This is a free service. Open Monday-Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm)

Text support: 07537 416905

Email: support@anxietyuk.org.uk


Provides practical help and emotional support to individuals struggling with their mental health, and their family, friends and carers


Offers advice and support for people who are struggling with their mental health

Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (charged as local rate call)

Email: info@mind.org.uk

Text: 86463

If you are in crisis and need to speak to someone urgently

Available 24 hours a day to support people who are experiencing distress

In an emergency

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