Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare

Introduction: What parents and children want

In general, parents and children want appropriate understanding and support based on the different needs of individual family members. This support needs to be sustained over time, but should also vary to reflect any change in circumstances (6).

More specifically, for themselves, parents want:

For their children, parents want:

Children and young people want:

Children and young people taking on a caring role want:

A group of young carers in Merseyside (7) came up with the following 10 messages as a simple checklist for practitioners who come into contact with families where a parent has mental health problems:

The above is a synthesis of the findings from four separate studies that appeared in Crossing Bridges (1998) (8) about what parents and children have said they want for themselves and each other