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    Self-harm: facts for parents

    What do you do when you discover your child is self-harming? Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith offers advice on how you can help your child

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    Talking to your child about an eating disorder

    The number of young people treated in hospital for eating disorders is rising. Here are some tips for talking to your child on the subject

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    What to do if your child is self-harming

    Self-harm: expert advice on how to help you and your child through this difficult and emotional time

  • Health and wellbeing

    When your child comes out as transgender: a Q&A with Sue Chitayi

    Sue Chitayi, mother of a transgender son and parent volunteer at Gendered Intelligence, answers some parents' common questions

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    Talking to your child about fake images

    It’s easy for young people to overlook the many ways in which online images may be fake - so it’s important to talk to them about why people filter their lives in this way, and what effect it’s likely to have.

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    Why your child’s friends may not always be good for them – and how to help

    It can be difficult to stand against this peer pressure. The Dove Self Esteem Project’s Uniquely Me Parent Guide has lots of ideas, which you can download for free, for how to help your child not feel bullied by other people’s ideas about how they should look.

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    Helping your child to manage anxiety

    Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre Oxford, offers advice on how to help your child understand anxious feelings.

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    Are gender stereotypes holding back your child?

    Men are big and strong and women are slender and delicate, right? Well, no, in fact - these stereotypes aren’t borne out by scientific evidence.

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    How diet affects self-esteem

    Airbrushed, edited online images can give young people an unrealistic idea of how they ought to look. As a result, teenagers may diet in an effort to look more like the pictures of celebs and influencers that they see online.

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    Children, alcohol and the law: a parent’s guide

    What’s the law on children and drinking alcohol? Read our quick guide to find out

  • Health and wellbeing

    Reality TV - not real and quite depressing

     A YouGov survey for the Foundation found that almost one in four 18-24-year-olds say reality television shows make them ashamed of their own appearance. In more than a third of viewers, this led to feelings of anxiety and depression.

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    Young people and suicide: if your child tries to take their life

    Ged Flynn of Papyrus, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, outlines what parents need to know if their child tries to take their life

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