Analysis

Parents of seriously ill children need dedicated mental health support

Rainbow Trust report finds parents of seriously ill children experience ‘shock, fear, anxiety and helplessness’

Rainbow Trust report finds parents of seriously ill children experience ‘shock, fear, anxiety and helplessness’

  • Rainbow Trust says it is impossible to know the scale of unmet need
  • Fear of judgement or stigma can act as barriers to parents accessing support
  • Rainbow Trust wants more investment in training and specialist psychological support

‘Horrendous’, ‘traumatic’ and ‘the hardest days of my life’ – these are just some of the phrases used by parents to describe the mental and emotional toll of having a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Without help, the anxiety, stress and depression can become overwhelming and have long-lasting consequences. Some parents report developing post-traumatic stress disorder even after their children have recovered.

Even with help, mental health can suffer. But the struggle many parents face trying to get help or going

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