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Over 2.9 million young people in the UK have a parent with a mental illness

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Our Time helps young people who have a parent with a mental illness. We make sure they get the support they need and have their voices heard.

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My Family, Mental Illness… and Me

Our Time’s podcast My Family, Mental Illness… and Me is a series of conversations about growing up with a parent who has a mental illness, or a mental health difficulty. Hosted by Dr Pamela Jenkins, whose own mother had schizo-affective disorder, our guests include the nation’s PE teacher Joe Wicks and the BAFTA-winning screenwriter Kayleigh Llewellyn.

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Schools’ toolkit

We’ve created a free toolkit for schools that focuses on the mental health of young people and their families, complete with animations, training and activities.

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“These moving interviews cast a light on a fraught domestic environment that is usually hidden from view, often with a confused and distraught child at its centre…”

– Our Time’s podcasts reviewed by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Columnist at the Guardian

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What we're doing


We help schools identify, understand and support students affected by parental mental illness


Our KidsTime Workshops provide families with a safe, supportive place to think and talk about mental illness


We advocate on behalf of children and young people affected by parental mental illness

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As a signee of the Mental Health Media Charter, Our Time is committed to reporting stories about mental health responsibly.

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