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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.

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School Behaviour Secrets podcast

Catch Our Time’s Development Director Helena Kulikowska on Beacon School Support’s podcast, sharing tips and advice on how schools can support students who have a parent with a mental illness.

School Behaviour Secrets podcast
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Schools’ toolkit

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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“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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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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