How old do you have to be to get a mental illness?

This film shows a group of young carers and Dr Amber Fareeha Sadiq discussing the age at which people can become mentally ill.


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

This short film commences with a young person asking ‘what age do people get mental illness?’ You may wish to use this film as a starting point to explore in your group what are the differences between normal ‘ups and downs’ and mental illness.

Learning points

  • People of all ages can get mental illness.
  • However, it’s less common in children than adults.
  • It is normal for everyone to feel stressed at times and to have ‘ups and downs’.

Duration of film

1 minute, 50 seconds

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