All parents need support. It can come from your family and friends, health and childcare professionals, and information and community resources. Often the first steps in getting support are asking for it, and accepting it when it's offered. A range of support services are available by agencies listed in this section.
The Child, Youth and Family Gateway is a service for children, young people and families who are looking for help with the tough stuff, but are not sure where to go. We have links to all kinds of programs and services that can support people to have the best chance to stay on track in their lives.
The Gateway is a partnership between Barnardos, Belconnen Community Services, Woden Community Services, YWCA of Canberra and the ACT Government, which provides a point of contact for information, initial support and engagement for children, young people and their families. It is also for children, young people and families who might be (or are) involved with Care and Protection Services or Community Youth Justice, and who would like support to work through what’s happening.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (CoPMI)
A directory of different types of services available to CoPMI families. Parents and children require extra support to help them better manage family life, parenting and mental health problems.