Catherine O’Brien has written about Our Time’s KidsTime Workshops for You Magazine and The Mail on Sunday. The article highlights a number of the families Our Time are helping through the workshops and how the work of drama is helping to support them. Mental health awareness may be on the rise, but for the children caught up in family illness, support can be sadly lacking. Catherine O’Brien meets the professionals breaking boundaries with open conversation and drama – and the families they are helping.
Terry, a former electronics engineer, first brought Drew to KidsTime two years ago, as he and his family (he also has three grown-up children) struggled to cope with the ill health of his wife Amanda, 50.
“It’s hard for any kid to come out and say, ‘My mum or dad has gone off the rails,’ so instead Drew was pushing herself into a corner and could no longer relate to her peers,” says Terry.
“But coming here has enabled her to see that others are in similar situations and, although we have problems, we are working through them. That has given her confidence and now she is blossoming.”