Support for Families

We all have mental health. Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change on a daily basis and over time, and can be affected by a range of factors.


The following resources are a selection of advice and links to national and local support. If you need someone to talk to then our doors are always open and we will listen, not judge and help where we can. You are welcome speak to any member of staff you feel comfortable with.


Social Care Direct

If you have an concerns about the welfare or safety of a child, young person or vulnerable adult then please contact Social Care Direct.

Any information you give will be treated with confidentiality. 

Social Care Direct are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 
Telephone 0845 8 503 503.

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters website was launched in October 2019. It aims to make talking about mental health issues or concerns, as normal as talking about the weather. It features a short quiz designed to test your wellbeing and advice about what to do if you need some help. Click on the logo to go the website.


 Place 2 Be- Parenting advice from our child mental health experts

Practical tips to support children's wellbeing and behaviour.


Wakefield Adult Education Parenting Groups

Classroom/small group based parenting support from Early Years to Teenagers.


National mentoring service providing 6 weekly sessions of online/virtual emotional support for parents/carers of children with additional needs who are on the pathway to diagnosis or have received one in the last year.


Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional


It can happen in any relationship, and even after the relationship has ended. Both men and women can be abused or abusers. There does not need to be violence for it to be an abusive relationship.


Domestic abuse can seriously harm children and young people. Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.


Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service


A comprehensive local support service for men, women and young people who are using abusive behaviours.


Phone: 0800 915 1561




ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying.

ICON stands for ….

I      Infant crying is normal

C    Comforting methods can help

O    It’s OK to walk away

N    Never, ever shake a baby


Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, midwife, GP or health visitor.


More information and a wealth of resources are available on the ICON Cope website –

NHS Moodzone

The NHS has a website that gives some sensible self-help advice for anyone who lives with anxiety, stress or depression. There are case studies to read, activities to try and the reassurance that you're not the only one feeling like this. Click the logo to visit the website.


 Parent Survival Guide from Young Minds

Worried about your child but not sure where to start? Find sensible advice and tips here. Click the logo.


Action For Children

Free and confidential live chat (various times morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing. Click the logo below.

If you need to talk to someone right now: 

  • Shout is a free and confidential text support service anyone struggling to cope. Text ‘Shout’ to 85258. Available 24/7. 
  • If you’re worried about a child’s safety, call NSP on 0808 800 5000. 
  • If you’re worried about a child’s health, call 111. In an emergency, call 999. 
  • If you’re under 18, call Childline on 0800 1111. You can also text ‘Shout’ to 85258. Both services are free.
  • If you need urgent help from the police or a hospital, call 999.

Family Action

 Free and confidential live chat (various times morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing. Click the logo to visit the website.


West Yorkshire Night Owls

A new West Yorkshire based overnight listening service for children, young people, and their parents



Relate offers counselling services for every type of relationship nationwide. We provide advice on marriage, LGBT issues, divorce and parenting.


Family Lives 

If you need advice or support with a parenting or family issue, please contact our email support team us or call our helpline on 0808 800 2222.


Local Food Banks


St Catherine's Food Bank


Please see the document below for more local food banks: