Our Time


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.

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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 parental mental illness...


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


“The world is no longer such a dark and frightening place. I feel that Our Time has saved my life.”

– Joel

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Our Time’s response to the 2019 Children’s Commissioner’s Report of Vulnerable Children
It’s that time of year again when the annual Children’s Commissioners Report on Vulnerable Children is released. Every year, for the past three years, Anne Longfield has shown us the scandal of our neglected children and young people, but we don’t seem to care enough to do anything about it. We are surely storing up
Adverse Childhood Experiences – Resilience and Protective factors
Thinking about the lives of children who live in families where there is mental illness is a key focus of Our Time. Parental Mental Illness is one of the 10 ACEs but it is rarely present in children and young people’s mental health policy and practice. We believe that supporting the whole family is the
Mental Health Foundation and Our Time jointly awarded Big Lottery Funding for a project in Southwark to support families affected by mental health problems
The Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with Our Time, a charity which supports children and families affected by parental mental illness, has been awarded £260,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to fund the delivery of family workshops called KidsTime Southwark.   The funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by

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 do

Our Time helps young people and families living with a parent who has a mental illness through family workshops, training for professionals and advocacy

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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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