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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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Our Time’s PSHE courses

Our courses help teachers to deliver a suite of lessons to complement mental health programmes in schools and colleges. Interactive resources, teachers guides and slides enable the topic of mental illness to be discussed openly in classrooms in a safe and supportive way.

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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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Vote for our short film

We’re pleased to announce Our Time’s animation The Perfect Ice Cream has been entered into the Charity Film Awards. Every vote counts, and being shortlisted will help us to share our vital work with more people.

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A recent House of Lords report cited our work with Family Hubs as an example of best practice.

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Latest News and Stories

“A breath of fresh air”
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Health Development Worker Kate Moss shares her story of the KidsTime Workshop launch in Gloucestershire.
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“We heard her voice”
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Children joining drama workshops run by Our Time and Half Moon Theatre find confidence and a sense of  belonging.
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What we're doing

Schools

We help schools identify, understand and create a culture that supports students who have a parent with a mental illness.

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Families

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

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Policymakers

We advocate on behalf of children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness.

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

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