On average, around six children in every UK classroom have a parent with a mental illness or mental health difficulty. Our Time trains school staff to recognise and support these students through a whole school approach and high quality resources, developed in collaboration with teachers, health professionals and young people. We know this issue impacts students’ ability to take full advantage of their education, so we specialise in supporting this group of children by equipping staff with simple but powerful skills and key learning. We give you the confidence and tools to help these students to engage positively with school and all it has to offer.
Our child-centred, practical approaches promote discussion and empathy, and don’t single students out. The aim is not for staff to become therapists or counsellors, but to create an environment where all school members support one another, stigma is reduced and those who have an unwell parent are supported positively.
Our training is interactive and respectful of your staff – we recognise that staff know their students best. We offer insights and techniques to support pupils who may have challenging family situations, which are hard to address due to stigma and students’ protective behaviour towards their family. We work through discussion tasks, as well as practical activities, to keep learning stimulating, reflective and enjoyable.