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Nearly 3.4 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.

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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 joins the APPG on better mental health provision in schools
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Campaigning for better mental health provision in schools – Our Development Director joins the APPG on Psychology debate on this subject April was an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) month for me, with two trips to the House of Commons and one to the House of Lords, to attend APPGs relating to children and young
Life as a young carer – the importance of asking for help
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Nothing prepares you for being a young carer of a parent with a mental illness. I grew up in a home where no-one ever explained to me what was going on. There is no such thing as a young carer’s manual that can help and guide you. Can a child be prepared for a situation

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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