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Our motivation

Recent research shows the number of children and young people living in the UK with a parent who has a mental illness is predicted to rise from an estimated 3.7 million to 4.5 million by 2021. Some 70% of these children and young people are at risk of developing mental health problems themselves, which comes to a projected total of 3 million by 2021. Experts say the potential cost to the UK government could amount to £180 billion. But all this is preventable. Evidence shows, with low-cost, timely intervention, young people can flourish – and this is exactly what Our Time exists to achieve.

Parental mental illness
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In the UK alone, it is estimated 3.7 million children and young people are affected by a parent’s mental illness, and the figure is projected to rise to 4.5 million

Adverse childhood experiences
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When children are exposed to traumatic experiences, it can have a long-lasting impact on thinking, learning and interacting; but Our Time does not believe this is inevitable