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Our impact

Over the last decade, Our Time has worked to support thousands of children and young people who have a parent or guardian with a mental illness or mental health difficulty. 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 helps them to protect their own mental health and develop resilience.

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 while at school or college, and reduced employment prospects later in life.

We have established workshops throughout England, Scotland 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 have also trained teams in Germany, Spain, and Austria too.

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

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

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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Family Therapy – New Intervention Programs and Researches

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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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.