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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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‘Kindness’ and what it means for children who have a parent with a mental illness
Alan Cooklin
There are all kinds of prejudice; race, gender, disabilities for example, but an often hidden prejudice is felt by around 3.4 million children who have a parent with a mental illness. Many isolate themselves, assuming (sometimes correctly) that none of their friends or school mates will understand.
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Skydiving for Our Time and World Mental Health Day
Ambeya after skydive
What perfect timing it was to skydive for Our Time: the day before World Mental Health Day 2016. Like my China trek, words cannot fully express what it felt like to complete a skydive.
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A hidden issue
Esther Malvern
Children who have a parent with a mental illness might not be identified as a young carer. They might not meet the criteria of doing a caring role. Maybe there is another parent or family member seen as the main carer for their parent.
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The importance of good relationships when you have a parent with a mental illness
two teenagers talking
It can be hard enough being a young person but having a parent with a mental illness can bring a lot of added pressures. Often this has happened without anyone realising or acknowledging how much you are caring or doing.
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Have you heard of COPMI?
Alan Cooklin
If you live in the UK you probably haven’t heard of COPMI. That’s because the UK government does not recognise children of parents with mental illness (COPMI). 
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