Parents & Professionals
Parents, family, carers, and other professionals – you are central to the mental health of young people! We offer a few things we think you’ll find helpful.
OTR is accessible by self-referral, which means young people don’t need an adult to get support. But please don’t let that stop you getting involved with OTR if you are worried about someone you know, or just want some advice.
Although we will need at some stage to speak to any young person accessing us, it’s great if you can help them sign-up if they’re feeling anxious about it.
You can always call us free on 0808 808 9120 (Mon-Fri, 2-5pm).
Here’s what else is on offer:
The Parents and Carers Group
We run monthly drop-in sessions for parents, carers and grandparents to come in and chat to us. In these relaxed and informal sessions, co-facilitated by parents, we discuss questions like:
- What is mental health?
- How is mental health different for teenagers?
- How do we look after our mental health?
These sessions are open to any parent/carer/grandparent looking after a young person who is struggling with their mental health. They do not need to be accessing any OTR services.
Bristol Drop-In (second Wednesday of every month)
6pm – 7.30pm @ OTR, 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH
South Glos Drop-In (first Wednesday of every month)
5.30pm – 7pm @ The Pop Inn Cafe, West Walk, Yate BS37 4AX
Please note: in January 2019 the first South Glos parents’ session will be on the third Wednesday (16th!)
OTR Information Mornings
Professionals are invited to come along to our regular information mornings, where we discuss the whole range of OTR services and how to speak to young people about what’s on offer.
Find upcoming dates and sign up to attend on our Eventbrite page.
Other helpful places
While we try to offer the most diverse range of services possible here at OTR, we recognise that there’s a whole bunch of other awesome agencies and charities out there who can provide more specialist support than we’re able to. If you want some info or guidance on specific issues, here are some useful links to try.