Family-based difficulties

Families come in all kinds of combinations but it can be a really upsetting, confusing and stressful time when relationships between family members break down.

  • If there are disagreements or arguments, this can make home life really tough which can impact on your child feels, how they cope at school/college and even whether they want to hang out with friends.
  • Lots of young people worry about their parents/carers and siblings during a separation or when there are arguments. It can also be really hard if parents separate and one of them meets a new partner.
  • When families experience a separation or a big change it can take a while for all family members to understand, process and adjust to these changes.
  • There is no right or wrong way to feel, think or behave; everyone processes change differently. Some days your child may feel more able to cope than other days.
  • It is important to be kind and aware that some family members may struggle more than others with the changes.
  • If your child is struggling to cope with life at home encourage them to talk to a trusted adult so that they can be supported. 
  • Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service offered to young people aged 11 - 25 years (up to their 26th birthday) living in Dorset, Hampshire and the IoW with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional and mental health needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
    By accessing Kooth young people can benefit from a free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online, online counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions including out of hours’ availability - counsellors are available from 12pm to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.
    No referral is required, young people can access the service directly and in complete confidence at
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