What are relationships?

This film shows a group of young carers, Dr Alan Cooklin and Dr Amber Fareeha Sadiq discussing what we mean by the term ‘relationships’.


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 film helps to explore what the word ‘relationship’ means to your group and the impact that mental illness might have on relationships with those close to us. People of all ages contribute their varied views of what the word ‘relationship’ means.
  • This links to the discussion ‘What is mental health?’ and ‘What kinds of stress could contribute to mental illness?’<LINK TO PAGE(NOT YouTube)>. Both these videos are a good follow up to this clip.

Note on ambiguous language: a young person refers to ‘mental health’ instead of ‘mental illness’ in the same sentence.

Learning points

  • Relationships can include connections with everyone, including teachers and parents.
  • Relationships can be affected when someone has a mental illness.

Duration of film

2 minutes, 44 seconds




Notes for Alice:

  • Video link is here: https://youtu.be/oHu7SXF59Ug
  • As this is listed as a separate educational resource it would be good to reference/link to the full ‘Who Cares?’ Programme page somewhere here – perhaps at the bottom or in a widget to the right.
  • It would be useful for the link in the second para to link across to somewhere that filters just the resources that start with 27 as they are all group discussions between young carers and health professionals. We used to call them masterclasses but I’m not sure that’s the right term.
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