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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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The missing part of the carer puzzle
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The Carers Trust has released a new report on a whole family approach to support. However, it fails to mention young people caring for a parent affected by mental illness. Read more about our thoughts.
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The State of the Nation Report – our response
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The UK government has released the State of the Nation report for 2019. Our Time looks at happiness for children affected by parental mental illness.
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Never sunshine and rainbows
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Writing under a pseudonym, teenager Mark tells his personal story about his father's mental illness and the challenges it meant for his family.
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Adverse childhood experiences – resilience and protective factors
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Thinking about the lives of children who live in families where there is mental illness is a key focus of Our Time. Parental Mental Illness is one of the 10 ACEs but it is rarely present in children and young people’s mental health policy and practice.
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Postpartum Psychosis – how does it affect a family?
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Postpartum Psychosis – is a pretty stark term and scary for new parents facing all the other pressures and changes that can accompany the arrival of their first baby.
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Girls at risk
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Dympna addresses why women's bodies are the cause of so much distress, and discusses what is being done to help.
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