Stories

By sharing our knowledge and experiences, we can put an end to the myths and assumptions around parental mental illness. If you want to share your own story and help others find out more about parental mental illness, you can submit your blog or your vlog online through the Our Time website.

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Seasonal advice for parents
Parents and child next to a Christmas Tree
The Christmas holiday is a time for families to spend time together but for some families it can also be a difficult time. Dr Alan Cooklin offers advice to help you get through the holiday and enjoy being together.
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Ambeya’s Sahara Trek for Our Time 2018
Our Time trustee, Ambeya, trekked the Sahara to raise funds for Our Time. She shared her experience with us.
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Response to the Children’s Commissioner Report
Our CEO responds to the Children's Commissioner's report on children living in households with mental health issues, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse.
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Parenting groups in KidsTime Workshops
Portrait shot of Leonard Fagin, Our Time Trustee
Our Time Trustee Dr Leonard Fagin speaks of his experience at the KidsTime Workshops which help parents with a mental illness support their children.
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Being Seen and Heard in School
Jess Streeting
In the last 20 years, I can think of many times when my understanding of what children say they need has been invaluable. Before I discovered Our Time, it was a different story.
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Falling through the ‘young carer’ cracks
I read with interest this week, a moving story of a girl who has a mother with schizoaffective disorder and spina bifida. She spent much of her time growing up hiding the fact she was caring for her mother.
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Peter’s Story
Still of headteacher Peter Ward
Vlog: Kirsty from Our Time interviews Peter Ward who shares memories of his father who had a mental illness.
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A mum’s perspective
parent and child's feet
Our Time has been a major life saver for me and my family. I am a single mum of three young children, 10-year-old Eve, four-year-old Gabby, and Jacob who is one and a half.
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The impact of childhood trauma and how it can be addressed
Empty swing
If you work with children and young people you will have heard a lot about the impact of childhood trauma, and will probably know about trauma-informed approaches to supporting vulnerable children.
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Why is it so difficult to address parental mental illness?
Dympna Cunnane
Our upcoming campaign, ‘Being Seen and Heard’ came out of a cry for help from the children of parents with a mental illness. They told us that they were overlooked, talked over and ignored, despite the fact that they lived in the situation and knew most about their parent’s illness.
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