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Our impact

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

– Joel, ‘Who Cares?’ programme participant

Over the last decade, Our Time has worked to support thousands of children, young people and families affected by parental mental illness. We’re working with educators, health professionals, and community workshop leaders to help young people build their strength and understanding, connect with others, and confront the problems they face. This support not only helps them to cope better with their day-to-day lives, but also aims to prevent them developing mental health problems themselves.

We know that young people who have a parent or carer with a mental illness can face major life challenges. It’s also not uncommon for them to experience isolation, fear, shame or underachievement whilst at school or college, and reduced employment prospects later in life.

We have established workshops throughout England and Wales which support hundreds of people each year. These workshops give young participants the opportunity to discuss and learn about their parent’s illness in a safe and inclusive space, and provide time for them to enjoy themselves, meet up with friends and share their experiences. We also have trained teams in Germany and Spain, and a new team in Austria for 2018. Discussions are underway in the Republic of Ireland too for 2018/19.

Underpinning all of this work, is Our Time’s commitment to campaigning and lobbying for the cause.

The Mental Health Foundation forecasts that by 2030 there will be 2 million more adults in the UK with mental health issues. Of these, 68% of women and 57% of men are projected to become parents, meaning our expertise and services have never been so vital.

Research taken from Surviving or Thriving – The state of the UK’s mental health, 2017

Building core life skills and developing relationships between children and parents can help to protect a child from toxic stress

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KidsTime Workshop Impact Report 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the reach and impact of the workshops before the pandemic.

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Evidence Review by Dr Allan Little

This report written by Dr Allan Little on behalf of Pro Bono Economics provides a snapshot of the impact that COVID-19 has had on young people in the UK and particularly those affected by parental mental illness. The findings of this report include rich quantitative data about children, young people and families in the UK, which serves to illustrate the size of the issues faced by the UK government.

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Our Time’s 2019 Data Snapshot

This report provides a snapshot of Our Time’s operational KidsTime Workshops in March 2019. The findings of this report include basic quantitative data about the children, young people and families participating in the workshops, in addition to rich qualitative data, including testimonials and case studies, which serve to illustrate the impact of Our Time’s interventions on children and families.

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Our Time’s latest research

Members of the Our Time team have written a chapter for the book ‘Family Therapy – New Intervention Programs and Researches’ edited by Dr. Floriana Irtelli. The book is being published by IntechOpen: the world’s leading publisher of Open Access books, built by scientists, for scientists. The chapter introduces children of parents with mental illness as a group and explain the impact and risk factors of parental mental illness on children.

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Evidence report
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This report demonstrates why investing in services for children of parents with mental illness makes both moral and financial sense

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Looking for resources? We have videos, guidance and support for young people, parents, school staff and professionals

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Read personal stories and opinion pieces from young people, families and professionals on parental mental illness