Support for families

Wellbeing and mental health information and advice

A family of two adults and two children smiling at the camera.

Parent Anxiety Workshops 

These two-part recorded information sessions, which have been developed and collated by NHS Lothian CAMHS and The City of Edinburgh Psychological Services, are based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the recommended treatment for managing anxiety and worries.

The information sessions will help parents and carers learn more about what anxiety is and how they can support their child to overcome it. The webinars can be accessed at any time by following the links below. 

Supporting Children with Anxiety: Computerised CBT Course

Parents can access these free module courses, one course is for parents of children and one for parents of teenagers. Parents can work through the modules flexibly at their own pace at any time on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The courses are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and are most suitable for parents looking to support their young person with worry and anxiety while learning helpful strategies to manage their anxieties.

These modules are available via the platform Silvercloud​​​​​​.

Access Code: Lothian

Conflict resolution sessions

These free online sessions are for parents and carers who may be struggling with conflict at home. Session subjects include:

  • Understanding anger
  • Growing up is never easy
  • Family conflict triggers
  • Understanding Emotions: Being Anxious and afraid
  • Conflict response styles 
  • Bouncing Back – Resilience
  • How to have that difficult conversation
  • Feeling Connected
  • Cranial Cocktail: Mind & Body Connection

For more information and to book online training sessions visit the Scottish conflict resolution website or email

New Ways for Families Course

Shared Parenting Scotland is offering this online training course plus coaching for separated parents. The support is intended to reduce the impact of conflict on your children, reduce stress levels and aid communication. Free places are available for parents on benefits or low income. 

For more information visit the Shared Parenting website or email David McLean at

VOCAL parent's peer support group

This service offers a range of support to parents and carers who care for a young person with mental health difficulties. The online peer support groups run on alternate Friday mornings and Monday evenings.

For more information visit the VOCAL website or email Megan Copley at  

AdvoCard Advocacy Service 

AdvoCard provides free independent advocacy for people over 16 with mental health issues, problematic substance use or those in prison. Sessions can be booked on every second and fourth Wednesday in the month from 2.30-4.30 pm at

Bridgend Farmhouse
41 Old Dalkeith Road

If you would like to book a 30-minute session please email

For more information visit the AdvoCard Advocacy Service website.

Sleep Scotland parent support line

The support line offers guidance and support for parents and carers on their child or teenagers' sleep problems or young people themselves. Available Monday to Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm.

For more information contact this email and a sleep advisor will call you back


For activities and strategy ideas to help take of yourself and your sleep visit the Sleep Scotland website.

Sleep advice sessions

These sessions are run by Home Link family support for Edinburgh families with a child under five years. Parents and carers can book an online support session to speak to a trained sleep advisor and counsellor. 

For more information contact

0131 661 0890.


This group was founded and is run by volunteer parents, providing information and support to parents with gender-questioning children.

Initially, email

and then a follow-up call can be arranged from a parent volunteer.

Monthly Zoom meetings are open to parents following a discussion with an admin/group leader.

Cyber Resilience First Aid Toolkit 

This new online resource is for parents and carers to support their child’s recovery after a negative online experience.

Gambling and Young People - Fast Forward

This advice and information booklet is for parents and carers on gambling and young people. 

This guide is for parents and carers produced by ASH. 

Building resilience - Back to school tips

These useful videos and tips are for parents and carers to use to support themselves and their children to become more resilient, develop the skills needed to cope with challenging times and feel safe and happy with attending nursery and school.

For more information visit the Building resilience – Back to school tips webpage.

Young Minds parent’s helpline, webchat and email 

Young Minds provides information and support for parents and carers worried about a child or young person’s mental health via their helpline, webchat or email service. Support is available Monday to Friday between 9.30 am and 4 pm. To access the webchat or email service click on the chat icon on the bottom right of the Young Minds website

To access the helpline visit the Young Minds website or contact 

0808 802 5544    

NHS mental health information station             

The information station provides information on a range of adult mental health supports. Drop-in is available on Thursdays from 10.30 am to 3 pm at

Walpole Hall 
Palmerston Place
EH12 5 AW

or you can speak with an NHS mental health professional by phone on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 3 pm

0131 537 8688.

You can send enquiries and request a call by emailing


This is an online space for mental health and well-being information in Edinburgh. Local information on services and support and links to self-help and self-management resources are available on the iThrive website.