Support for Parents and Carers

As a parent or carer for a young person, it’s important you look after your own mental health as much as theirs. Take a look at this page for sources of support around Wakefield and links to information available online.


Wakefield District Services

Wakefield has a wide range of services available to help with mental health and related issues (such as finances, addiction and housing). There are services available for men, women and children.

Wakefield Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities on a wide range of issues including benefits, debt, employment, housing, relationships, immigration and much more.

Call: 0344 411 1444

Wakefield Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Well Women Centre

Offers a variety of emotional and practical support for women only, around wellbeing, including group work, counselling and a variety of therapies, providing a safe place and to be part of a learning community.

Call: 01924 211 114

Well Women Wakefield

Turning Point

The service is designed to provide quick and easy access to a range of psychological therapies – so you can get the help you need, when you need it.

Call: 01924 234 860

Wakefield Turning Point Talking Therapies

Andy’s Man Club

A talking group which provides a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues/problems they may have faced or are currently facing.

Andy’s Man Club

Carers Wakefield and District

Support unpaid adult carers in Wakefield district who give their time and energy to look after a family member or friend who needs support due to an illness or disability.

Call: 01924 305 544

Carers Wakefield

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service

A comprehensive local support service.

Call: 0800 915 1561

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service

More Money in My Pocket

More Money in My Pocket is an online hub run by Wakefield Council to help Wakefield residents make the most of their money.

It includes links for emergency funding, advice about applying for funding due to lockdown restrictions and the impact of Covid, and more general advice on how to make your money go further.

More Money in My Pocket

Get Cash Wise

A dedicated financial support team based in Wakefield, Get Cash Wise can help you to manage your household budget, apply for benefits and access grants to help you in the home.

The team can help you to switch utility providers to save money on your energy bills as well as work out which payments to make first to help you save money and pay off your debts.

Get Cash Wise

Access a full list of mental health support services and contact details here: Wakefield – Positive Mental Health Support Services.


Additional Information for Parents and Carers

Babies Cry, You Can Cope!

For additional help and support with infant crying, please access the following:

The Lullaby Trust – Safer Sleep for Babies, Support for Families

ICON leaflet for Parents and Carers

ICON leaflet for Parents and Carers of a Premature Baby

You can speak to your health visitor and/or GP if you are worried about your baby’s crying, or if you are struggling to cope.

The NSPCC has helpful advice for all parents and carers about caring for an infant – Baby Parenting.

Safer Sleep for Babies

The Lullaby Trust has put together a collection of helpful tips and advice regarding safer sleep for babies up to the age of 6 months.

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For more information about safer sleep for babies, please visit The Lullaby Trust website.


Water Safety

We urge everyone to be aware of the risks of cooling off or playing in open water such as ponds, lakes and flooded quarries.

It is dangerous to swim in places that are not specially created for swimming. Although open water can look inviting on hot days, there are often hidden dangers underneath, such as discarded waste or tangles of weeds that can entrap people, as well as slippery rocks and changes in water depth. Water can also be dangerously cold when it gets deeper.

If you see anyone in danger please call 999 immediately.

More advice on staying safe this summer is available at www.wakefield.gov.uk/summersafe

Please see resources below;

·         Water safety: How to stay safe in and around water – CBBC Newsround

·         Water Safety Code – RoSPA

·         Water Safety – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (westyorksfire.gov.uk)

·         Float to Live: Top tips for staying safe in the water – CBBC Newsround


National Services

These services are recommended by the NHS for those living anywhere in England; you can access help at the following by visiting their websites or using the phone number posted.

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Samaritans

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Mind

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.

Textcare – comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most.

Peer support forum

SANE

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Men’s Health Forum

Relate

The UK’s largest provider of relationship support.

Relate

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Refuge