“KidsTime helps us learn about mental health in really fun ways. We use a lot of drama to help us figure out our own thoughts and feelings about our parent’s difficulty.” Young person, Wirral KidsTime.
KidsTime Workshops are fun, safe and supportive environments for families that live with mental illness in a parent. We’ve found that when young people understand more about their parent’s illness, discuss it in the family, and have a supportive adult to talk to, this increases their resilience and ability to protect their own mental health. Parents say the workshops improve their confidence and sense of pride, and reduce their risk of relapse.
How does it work?
KidsTime Workshops are monthly two-and-a-half-hour group sessions for up to 15 families. Where possible, the whole family is encouraged to attend, including the parent (or parents) with a mental illness. Workshops are ‘non-treatment’ educational sessions, which encourage families to discuss mental illness and help to diminish the social isolation, stigma, confusion and fears which a child of a parent with mental illness may experience.
What do the workshops offer?
The workshops offer a fun, protected space where young people can express themselves, interact socially, share experiences and learn about mental illness through discussion, games and drama. Trained staff explain mental illness and its effects to young people in a way they can understand and help them to articulate and tackle concerns or challenges. The workshops also provide adults with an informal, intimate space, where they have the opportunity to share experiences and discuss their role as parents rather than patients.
Interested in attending a KidsTime Workshop?
There are currently several workshops running throughout the UK, with more being planned. If you would like to join a KidsTime Workshop, or have a family you would like to refer, please see our list of current locations and contacts.
Interested in setting up a KidsTime Workshop?
If you are interested in setting up a workshop please visit our training page.