In 2008, the Social Care Institute of Excellence estimated that 2,000,000 children in the UK lived with a parent with mental illness: the equivalent of one in six in every classroom (20%). Last year Ernst and Young reviewed the data and concluded that the figure was closer to 3.4 million children and rising.
Mental illness in a parent can have a devastating impact on a child’s development and emotional life – as well as future mental health.
In October, Our Time ran a parental mental illness masterclass in partnership with the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) to help professionals identify, understand and support children and young people affected. The training also explored resilience and the benefits of providing young people with an explanation of what mental illness is.
If you were unable to attend the event, a podcast has been made available on the ACAMH website.