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Volume 16/Issue 3, May 2020

Working with parents with seriously ill children and understanding the impact on their mental health

Anne Harris


A new report from Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity examining the mental wellbeing of parents caring for a seriously ill baby or child has highlighted that they can often feel traumatised and hopeless. Parents Matter – The Impact on Parents’ Mental Health When a Child has a Life Threatening Illness calls for better access to support for this neglected group of parents, warning that unless it is provided at the right time and in the right way, their feelings of depression, stress and anxiety could escalate into more significant and severe mental health problems.

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