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Over 2.9 million young people in the UK live with or care for a parent with a mental illness

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

Our impact

Coronavirus notice

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 31 October 2020, we are adapting our support accordingly in response. We are pleased to update that from Thursday 5th November 2020, our KidsTime Workshops will provide online support, and are maintaining regular contact with families by virtual means. We have temporarily moved our schools work online and have produced specialist training material for schools to help them to support returning pupils whose parents have a mental illness.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Our activity pack for Mental Health Awareness Week helps young people to be mindful of their mental health and think about how it can be protected.

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Schools’ toolkit for Children’s Mental Health Week

This year, 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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Free teacher training and PSHE modules

Our Time is providing a free one-hour, online teacher training session and PSHE modules to support students’ mental health and well-being as part of the post COVID-19 recovery curriculum. Find out more.

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A library of lockdown games, videos, guides and activities, updated weekly

Each week, we’ll be adding new resources to our online lockdown library. We’re taking the time to select and create resources that we think are especially helpful, fun and interesting for children and young people who live with or care for a parent with a mental illness.

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“Lockdown is a confusing and difficult time for everyone. However, you can feel much more isolated when you’re dealing with the stress of being a young carer for a mentally unwell parent. ”

– Amy

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Read our latest report on the impact of COVID-19 on children, young people and families throughout the UK

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Latest News and Stories

Our Time joins other key voices in House of Lords inquiry
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Find out how our evidence on young people with a parent who has mental illness contributed to the House of Lords inquiry ‘The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability'.

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What is mental illness? Why does it happen? What can you do to stay well? This animation explains in simple terms to under-11s what mental illness is.

What young people say about having a parent with a mental illness

Having a parent with a mental illness does not mean you are destined to have a mental illness yourself

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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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