Self Help Guides
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England and they have made available some self help guides covering a full range of mental health conditions which can be downloaded.
Mummy is Poorly - short story
Mummy is Poorly is a children's story about a little girl whose mother has mental health difficulties.
It was written with the aim of reassuring very young carers by providing them with a basic understanding of what would happen to them if their parents developed severe 'poorly thinking'.
The author, a single mother, wrote it from personal experience, having been a Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust service user.
It is hoped that the book will benefit families affected by mental illness or substance misuse, by helping to open up a dialogue with children. It should also remind mental health professionals of the need to engage with patients' children, who may have useful clinical information but no voice.