The Cellar Trust, a mental health charity based in Bradford, is supported by Brathay Trust, a UK charity for young people and families, and operates the online platform PARENTS Online. Start on 5 nights per week (previously 2 nights) from Monday, October 4th, due to increased demand.
PARENTS Online is a platform on which parents and carers can contact online via a text-based confidential chat in order to receive emotional support from a trained carer. The caregiver listens to any problems, problems, or fears that the parent or caregiver may face.
2021 brought many new challenges for parents and caregivers, not only due to the pandemic and homeschooling, but also due to job losses, illnesses, lost earnings and mental health concerns. PARENTS Online is available Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (from October 4th), because sometimes everything needs to be heard that parents or carers need.
The PARENTS Online team provides a confidential listening service that can be used anonymously. Everyone in the chat is supported by a fully trained staff member who uses their personal parenting experience. It will be a safe place to speak openly and without judgment about anything.
The increase from 2 days to 5 days per week for PARENTS Online comes after the Morrisons Foundation granted funding of £ 59,996.65 for 12 months.
The Brathay Trust-supported Cellar Trust, together with Andy’s Man Club, also offers a special Dad’s-themed evening on Thursdays. A safe place where Andy’s Man Club visitors can use PARENTS Online to discuss their parenting or caregiver concerns.
PARENTS Online aims to help 455 families across the UK in the first year.
David Grant-Roberts, Lead Peer Support at The Cellar Trust, says; “During Covid, the Covid Scientific Advisory Group in Bradford highlighted the high proportion of parents struggling with mental health due to parenting challenges. Prior to Covid, the Bradford Children and Young People’s Mental Health Review highlighted that support for parents represents a real supply gap that leads to a bigger picture of poor mental health in children. Unfortunately, the pandemic is only making this worse.
PARENTS Online is anonymous, accessible from anywhere, and has the ability to access text-based support so busy parents / carers can discreetly seek support while juggling the demands of a busy household. We provide a much-needed parent / caregiver point of contact and an opportunity to speak to someone who really understands. As a result, we can significantly support the mental health of parents who use this service and in turn have a positive impact on the mental health of their children. “
The Cellar Trust is a mental health charity that aims to help hundreds of people across the UK.
This press release was published on openPR.