How adults talk to young people

A group of young people discuss their experience of communication with adults about their parents’ mental illness.


This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.

Teachers/facilitators’ notes:

If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.

Teaching points

  • In a professionals group, the film could be shown for insights into the child’s world and the importance of communicating in a child-friendly, appropriate way, rather than avoiding explanation, in a misguided attempt to protect.
  • In a group of young carers, this film might be helpful for promoting discussion around their own experiences, what worked well and less well for them? How adults can learn to support children more effectively.
  • The clip resonates with the film: ‘What is Mental Health?’. More discussion could ensue around ‘what is normal/normal for me?’.

Learning points

  • Children can be sidelined by health professionals when their parents are ill.
  • Young carers often know more than experts about what has been happening.
  • There is a lack of communication from adults when it comes to young carers’ needs.

Duration of film

6 minutes, 38 seconds

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