Useful Links for Parents
Here you will find information about different organisations, charities and groups on offer locally or nationally which can be contacted for advice and guidance if needed on a range of different topics.
Mind in West Essex
A new crisis mental health phone line has launched across Essex. The 24-hr service launched by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis.
Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option for mental health crisis (option 2)
Support available for CYP up to age of 25
Telephone support 4pm – 11pm everyday 0800 808 499
Webchat support for ages 10 – 18 only 4.30pm – 11pm on https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team
Telephone counselling (up to age 25) https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/the-mix-counselling-service
Text Crisis Messenger 24/7: text THEMIX to 85258
Free counselling service for ages 5 – 25 years currently offering telephone counselling and still taking referrals
Enquiries can be made by professionals, young people or their parents by speaking to a member of the Clinical Team on 01279 414 090 and choosing option 1
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
News articles surrounding Internet safety.
Department for Education
Articles and advice regarding children's and young people's education.
Get advice whenever you need it, supportive and non-judgemental.
Parenting tips and advice written by parents.
Practical Parent Education
Support for children's behaviour and parenting tips.
Healthy minds (West Essex) Harlow
Access to a wide range of talking therapy treatments.
Telephone: 0300 222 5943 Crisis line: 0330 726 0110
Child and adolescent mental health support.
Text Crisis Messenger 24/7: text YM to 85258 (free from most mobile networks)
Parents Helpline Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4pm 0808 802 5544 (free of charge)
Families in Focus
Helpline and advice to guide and support parents of young people with disabilities in West Essex.
Telephone: 01245 353575
Tree House Family Hub
Support, activities and groups available for pre-school children.
Telephone: 0300 247 0122
Harlow Food Bank
Food available for families in crisis, referral needed from registered care professionals, such as, Citizens Advice Centre, Safer Places and Harlow Council Front Line Services.
Child Bereavement UK
Support to help young people grieve.
Telephone: 01494 568900 Helpline: 0800 028 8840
SET CAMHs (Southend, Essex and Thurrock Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Provides support for young people and their families.
Self-referral 0800 953 0222
Action for Children
Mental health for parenting, advice and support.
PACT for Autism
Support for families of children and adults with autism and other special needs and disabilities.
Parent support line: 07837 606089
Domestic abuse support service.
Safer Places offers a range of different services to support you and guide you through an abusive relationship.
24/7 support: 03301 025811
SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Information, support and advice.
Telephone: (Harlow office) 03330 130291
Healthy Family Service
Support for children and families in Essex with parenting, health and wellbeing.
Supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives.
Citizens Advice Harlow - Law
Free half an hour appointments with specialist solicitors covering: employment, immigration, wills,consumer, personal injury, family, criminal and housing.
Telephone: 01279 770189 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Youth Service Young Carers Team
Free personalised support to young carers and their families.
Telephone: 0345 7430430
Free self-help support group for anyone who is affected by someone else's alcohol or drug use.
Telephone: 07830 528568
Harlow Advice Centre
Provides specialist benefits, debt and housing advice.
Telephone: 01279 704002
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
General safety advice, smoke alarms and free home safety visit.
Telephone: 0300 303 0088 Email: email@example.com
Free, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything that is on their mind.
Telephone: 0800 1111
NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Help for adults concerned about a child - Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Help for children and young people - Telephone: 0800 1111
24/7 365 days a year, there is someone to listen.
Telephone: 116 123 for free
Food a Fact of Life
The Food – a fact of life (FFL) website has a selection of recipes which support the teaching and learning of handling a range of ingredients, food skills and cooking techniques. Recipes will be added on a monthly basis.
We have introduced a program to all year groups at school called myHappymind. myHappymind is all based around helping children to understand how their brain works and to support them in developing positive skills and habits to be their very best selves!
myHappymind is delivered in schools by class teachers through a series of interactive lessons and then the children apply these learnings throughout the day. To further embed this learning and ensure that you are able to engage in these topics with your child, myHappymind has developed a set of resources for parents. These resources can be accessed online on your computer, or through an app on your phone. The resources allow children to continue to practise some of the habits they have developed at school, such as Happy Breathing, for you to learn more about what they are learning in the program. Also included are activities for you to do together at home, to complement the in-school lessons.
To access these materials just go to https://myhappymind.org/parent-resources and enter your name, email, and authentication code. Your authentication code is 139950