Our Time

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

While our KidsTime Workshops are currently suspended, we are busy working remotely to help young people and their families have fun and get the support they need during this time.

Teacher training

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

East London KidsTime Workshops go live!
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We are delighted to announce the launch of two new KidsTime Workshops in East London (Newham and Tower Hamlets). Find out more about how we're running them.

I am and I want

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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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