In December 2019, Our Time hosted a joint conference with the Royal Society of Medicine and ACAMH to highlight the impact of parental mental illness on children and young people, and how to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of mental illness in families.
Chaired by Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE and with a keynote address on early childhood and future lives by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, experts examined and analysed what is already known about the effects of parental mental illness.
They referred to scientific studies and personal presentations by young people with lived experience about the impact of a parent’s mental illness on a child’s development.
The main focus of the meeting directly correlated to the effects of parental mental illness on a child’s brain development, cognitive function, emotional life and relationship development.
To conclude the event there was a discussion surrounding the interventions available to break the intergenerational negative cycle.