If you’ve got a problem in your family, the internet is a good place to start looking for help. While websites alone are unlikely to offer a total solution, they can be useful in focusing the mind on underlying issues, and suggest ways of handling a difficult situation. Best of all, they will point you in the right direction to find more help if it’s needed.
A useful site run by an experienced NHS family therapist, Dennis Neill. It offers free handouts on everything you could possibly need to know, from eating disorders and adult alcohol problems to bereavement, divorce and separation. Visit Family Therapy.
Advice and forums for parents to air their concerns, including a Got a Teenager? section with helpful advice on setting boundaries, drugs, alcohol, sex and peer pressure. Visit Family Lives.
A well-thought-out site dealing with mental health problems and their treatment in an accessible way. It is aimed at parents of teenagers and younger children who may be struggling with common issues, such as exam stress or peer pressure, as well as more serious problems including depression and self-harm. Visit Young Minds. The charity also runs a helpline for parents: phone 0808 802 5544 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Association for Family Therapy site is primarily for professionals, but is a useful source of information for the general public. It gives a clear rundown of what you can expect from family therapy and how therapy can help, guidance on finding an NHS therapist and a directory of private practitioners. Visit AFT.