New support group to help parents help their children with mental health issues

We have been made aware of a fantastic group for local people and run by local people, which is designed to help parents support children with mental health issues.

See details below:

“Two resourceful mothers from Little Hulton are launching a support group for parents with children who have mental health issues, having recognised a need.

Alison Gresty, who has a 12-year-old daughter suffering from anxiety and Jayne Nickeas, whose daughter has learning difficulties, both realised that being able to give their daughters the appropriate support was a struggle at times. Together, they felt there was a need for parents in this situation to have somewhere where they can share experiences and get help and support from each other.

Alison, a qualified mentor, said: “It was quite clear to me that although my daughter was getting help at school, I did not feel able to help her at home as I didn’t understand how to deal with her anxiety, and I felt that some kind of support network would be of great benefit.”

The group aims to offer support, advice and experience to parents of children who suffer with a wide range of issues, for example, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders, to name but a few.

The group will launch on 9 May and will be called SHARE – Support, Help And Reassure Each other.

The first session will be held at the Community Hub, 27 – 29, Little Hulton District Centre on Wednesday 9 May from 1pm – 2.30pm and will focus on anxiety and depression.  The second and third sessions will look at self-harm awareness and gender awareness.

If you feel you could benefit from this support group, then come along to the first session, or you can find out more about SHARE from Alison at

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