Parental Mental Health
Many children grow up with a parent who has mental ill health. Many parents will have a mild or short-lived problem but some will have a severe and enduring mental illness.
Estimates suggest that between 50% and 66% of parents with a severe and enduring mental illness live with one or more children under 18. That amounts to about 17,000 children and young people in the UK.
Please see the following links for further information on parenting and mental health:
- NSPCC: Parental mental health – how to help children living with a parent with mental health problems
- SCIE: Parental mental health and child welfare
- Royal College of Psychiatrists: Parental mental illness: the impact on children and adolescents: for parents and carers
- Mental Health Foundation: Mental health statistics: family and parenting
The Infant-Parent Perinatal Service (IPPS) in Oxfordshire offers support to women who are experiencing, or who are at risk of experiencing moderate mental health difficulties such as:
- Parent-infant relationship difficulties
- Depression and low mood
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Eating disorders
See here for further information on the IPPS service and referral pathway
Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) offers intensive therapeutic help to parents and their babies in the first two years, in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas, see here for further information
Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership
Six mental health organisations from the NHS and the charity sector have joined together to form the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OMHP) to make it easier for people with mental health problems to get the best possible support when and where they need it.
The partnership is made up of one mental health NHS provider trust and six different charity organisations all specialising in specific areas of support and recovery, as follows:
- Connection Floating Support: empowering individuals with varying needs and issues with specialist support.
- Elmore Community Services: providing high quality services for marginalised and disenfranchised people throughout Oxfordshire.
- Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust: a community focused organisation that provides physical and mental health and social care.
- Oxfordshire Mind: providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
- Response: one of the leading providers of home based mental health care in Oxfordshire and beyond.
- Restore: supporting people with mental health issues in Oxfordshire to recover and get work.
For more information about the OMHP, including videos of a service user and a carer talking about their experiences of how the partnership has helped to support them please visit http://www.omhp.org.uk/