On My Mind for parents and carers


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity, aiming to transform mental health provision for children and young people in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment. We believe every child and their family should be at the heart of the care they receive. Our vision is a world where children and families are effectively supported to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. The Centre: carries out research and evaluates treatments and services; develops new approaches, tools and services; teaches and trains professionals globally; advises UK policy development; and creatively collaborates nationally and internationally.

With The Pixel Fund’s support in 2018 the Centre developed On My Mind, a new sub-site of the main Centre website, aiming to empower young people to make informed choices about mental health support, treatments and outcomes. For 2019/20 our ambitions are to expand this work to create mirroring pages aimed at parents and carers using the same principles of collaboration; working with those that have experience of services with their child or for themselves. With The Pixel Fund’s support, we will be able to bring together our work with families in an up-to-date, relevant and accessible resource that addresses the challenges parents and carers may face, particularly when supporting a young person with a mental health concern. As an online solution – and based on the success of On My Mind to date – the project will have a national reach with the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of parents/carers and, in turn, benefit hundreds of thousands of children.

On behalf of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families