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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Dear friends
Ambeya, Kirsty and Chineye
Over the years, Our Time – the multi-family programme for families coping with mental illness, loved by children and parents alike – has been a consistent and invaluable source of support for us three and our families.
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World Mental Health Day – Stories of survival
globe held in front of a person's face
I now spend much of my working day thinking about a hidden issue, but one that has enormous implications for society, and particularly children and young people.
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Back to school: Respite, relief or reason to worry?
Children drawing at school
It’s the start of September and children are preparing to go back to school; parents are preparing them for a new school year, new teachers, new schools and the inevitable stresses and strains associated with transitions.
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KidsTime Workshop in action
Yolande Bramble Carter
The day was excellent. The sessions are just getting better and better. We are getting to know each other and people are more comfortable and being themselves.
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Ambeya on winning ‘Young Student Volunteer’ at the Westminster Community Awards
Ambeya with certificate
I do not do what I do for appreciation or recognition, but when I found myself being celebrated at an award ceremony, where the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the director of communities and chief executives, were congratulating me for the time and dedication I give to Our Time, it made me realise that it isn’t officials or leaders who create change.
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Building communities for Carers Week 2017
Toys representing families
Everything we do here at Our Time, whether it is working with families, schools or lobbying the government, is working to build a community around the child who has a parent with a mental illness.
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A young carer’s experience of living with a parent with mental illness
Back of a boy
My name is Matthew, I am 14 years old and I live with my mum, dad and little sister. I am in Year 10 and I like school, but I find it hard to make friends because I don’t have time to do things with them, and I don’t want to bring friends home because my house is very messy and my dad is a bit unpredictable.
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Helping children of parental mental illness to thrive in schools
Teenagers at school socialising
Being a young carer or coping with a parent with a mental illness will have a significant impact on a young person’s school life – both the academic and the social aspects.
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Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week
Esther Malvern
Having a baby is a life changing experience, both exciting and terrifying at the same time. All parents know that it puts enormous pressure on the couple, the family and the mother in particular.
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What’s the point of drama in KidsTime Workshops?
KidsTime Workshop drama
The core philosophy of KidsTime Workshops is that children’s resilience to parental mental illness is improved and vulnerability lessened when they: have an understanding of their parent’s mental illness can discuss it with a sympathetic adult feel their experiences are validated by the group The workshop does this in several ways.
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A teacher’s perspective
teacher
When I first met Ambeya in 2005, I was a newly qualified teacher, aged 23, working in an inner-city London comprehensive. I had completed my training in two similar schools, but perhaps nothing prepares you for that first year of teaching in a school where many young people face such a multitude of personal and social challenges.
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