“My friends and my mum are my main support people.”
The relationship we have with our parents is unique. Our parents don't just pass on their genes to us; they pass down family and cultural values.
Whether we are connecting well with our parents or not, there are many factors that can affect our relationship with them. It is a complex relationship that can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, and it comes with its own unique challenges.
There are many benefits to having a positive connection with parents. Some of them are: feeling cared for, having guidance in life, and feeling like you have a safety net. Realising how you and your parent are alike can be something to acknowledge and be proud of.
As you become older and your personality develops, you may or may not continue to identify with your parent or parents as much. Whatever the circumstances, a positive parental connection is key for mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Take a look at the resources below for information about healthy families. We also have pages on supporting parents and connecting with family.
A closer look
Positive parental relationship is a bedrock of stable mental health
Overcoming the loss of a parent
Some mental illnesses can run in families
Moving on from the past strengthens the connection in the present
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.