Many parents with mental health problems are able to give their children safe and loving care, without their children being negatively affected in any way. But sometimes, parents with mental health problems need support from family members, friends, neighbours and/or professionals, to help them care for their children.
We’re using the term ‘parental mental health problems’ to mean that a parent or carer has a diagnosable mental health condition. This can include:
- anxiety disorders
- bipolar disorder
- personality disorders.
Mental health problems can vary in severity and impact differently on people’s day to day lives. This depends on parents’ individual circumstances and the support they receive.
Parental mental health problems might occur alongside other stressful life experiences.