Our family, relationships and the way we see ourselves all influence our mental health. Becoming a parent, and caring for a child or young person with SEND, often means that expectations, family dynamics and relationships change.
Seeking guidance and support on these changes can stop you from feeling alone.
Being able to live in, and provide, a safe and stable environment for ourselves and our family is a factor that can affect our mental health.
As a parent with a child or young person with SEND, there are services that can help you achieve this. There is no shame in seeking or claiming financial or physical support services available to you in order to help with home or lifestyle adaptations.
- Balancing work and caring commitments can sometimes feel like an impossible task; find out what funding options are available to help support your family financially.
- Find out about childcare and wraparound care options so that you can work or take essential breaks to re-charge.
- If your young person with SEND receives direct payments, you may be eligible for home care support.
- Preparing your child or young person for adulthood at an early age can help manage any anxiety you may have around this topic. You can find advice support and services to help you do just this on our Preparing for Adulthood pages.
Losing someone we love or care deeply about can be emotionally devastating and can have a huge impact on our mental health.
Parents and families can also experience grief as a normal response to loss or change.
There are many services and groups in Hertfordshire that can offer bereavement and grief support.