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Looking after your emotional health

For detailed step-by-step advice on everything from benefits and tax credits to childcare and your wellbeing, sign up for the email reminders in our guide to separation.

Being a single parent can be very rewarding but it also has its ups and downs, and could be the most challenging job you ever do. This factsheet focuses on your wellbeing; there are ideas to help improve how you feel, boost your confidence and manage difficult situations. If you’re worried about your child’s wellbeing or mental health, are looking for resources to support your children or are not sure how to talk to them about difficult issues see the Gingerbread factsheet Support for your child in difficult situations.

Gingerbread cannot recommend individual organisations or services. This factsheet includes details of a wide range of organisations offering support to single parents. Whatever services you choose to use make sure the organisation is suited to your needs and that you are clear about any charges. The information in this factsheet is correct as of November 2013.

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Gingerbread has no control over the contents of these organisations' websites or products and services offered, these links and/or contact details are provided for your information only. Gingerbread accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of these websites and/or products and services offered by third parties.