If you need help with parenting, separation, child development or mental health, there are good organisations out there that can support you.
Family Lives offer free and confidential information and advice on all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools, parenting and relationship support, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour, and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.
Gingerbread are a charity that help single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives. The give free and confidential support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a breakup to going back to work or sorting out child maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. If you plan to use the helpline, mornings tend to be busy, so sometimes calling in the afternoon can help.
FNF provide support and information to separating or divorced parents who are worried about how their breakup might affect their children. Services are open to mothers, fathers, grandparents, new partners and extended families. Specialist support is available on Mon–Fri between 6pm and 10pm. Outside of these hours, calls are taken by Family Lives who receive additional training from FNF.
Citizens Advice give free, confidential and impartial advice about your rights. If you have money, benefit, housing or employment problems, they will be able to tell you what your rights are. You can either contact your local centre or call the national phone service.
The Mix are a free and confidential service, mainly aimed at younger people under the age of 25. The service can connect you to experts who will give you the support and tools you need to take on challenges from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from breakups to drugs.
Helpline from Refuge, offering support for people who have experienced violence and abuse including domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking or modern slavery.