HappyMaps was funded in 2018 by Health Education England (HEE) in recognition of the fact that mental health problems in children are increasing, and that resources for parents are available but not always easy to find. It was developed by Dr. Jasmin Krischer, a GP in Bristol, in consultation with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Bristol City Council, Off The Record and Bristol Mind. Thanks go to Dr. Elaine Lunts (GP and Primary Care Paediatric Lead, Bristol ) and Dr. Cara Roberts Roberts-Collins (Clinical Psychologist) who co-wrote some of the content and gave expert advice and moral support.
Many other people contributed to the website with their expertise, advice and support but particular thanks go to Dr. Clare Short (CAMHS Consultant in Bristol) and Tom Hore (CEO Bristol Mind) both of whom supported the idea from the beginning and Dr. Georgina Grffiths, who gave up her own time to run several parent focus groups, which helped shape how the website developed. Lastly thanks to family, friends and all the parents and young people who contributed comments and ideas.
The aim of HappyMaps is to signpost parents to existing resources on mental health for their families and most of these are relevant for parents wherever they might live.
The information has been drawn from resources already currently recommended by experts such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), the Royal College of Psychiatrists or leading mental health charities and research groups such as MindEd, Childline, Family Lives, YoungMinds, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Relate, Brook, Nhs.uk and many more, as well as from parents themselves.
There is a local section which was funded to be for the South-West UK. At the time of writing, the resources are incomplete and we welcome submissions of other local resources particularly from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall. Ultimately we hope that HappyMaps will expand to become UK wide and we therefore also welcome contact from other interested parties elsewhere in the UK who might be able to work with us on this.
For users outside the UK, you may find that some of the links don't work - if so, please let us know via the "Contact Us" form.