Who to approach for help

Here’s some insight into some of the problems young people face when their parent is unwell. The group discuses how communication can be improved and the importance of professionals considering how young people are affected. Psychiatrist Dr Anwar, and mental health practitioner, Natasha Sloman, offer advice to young people on who to contact if they need help.


This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.

Teachers/facilitators’ notes:

If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.

Teaching points

This film offers advice to young people on who to contact if they need help. The professionals speaking, Dr Anwar and Natasha Sloman, concur that if the mental health professional assigned to a family is not providing sufficient answers, a young person should ask for their manager’s details, preferably email, so they can escalate their concern.

Learning points

  • Young people shouldn’t be afraid to escalate concerns themselves, though they may require adult help to do this.
  • When a parent has a known mental illness, where possible, get them to give written permission to share information about themselves with their child for the times they are unwell.

Duration of film

5 minutes, 00 seconds

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