Vlog: Kirsty from Our Time interviews Peter Ward who shares memories of his father who had a mental illness.
A mum’s perspective
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.
The bravest mothers I have ever met
A couple of weeks ago I met some of the bravest mothers I have ever met.
They were all giving their time freely, bringing their children along on a sultry summer’s evening to share their experiences of parenting.
The journey of the Smith family
The Smith family was referred to a KidsTime Workshop by social care. Susan, the mother, had a diagnosis of schizophrenia and severe depression and had been under the care of mental health teams for many years. Her then twelve-year-old daughter, Alison, was under a 'child in need' plan, and her social worker hoped the group would help Alison feel more confident.
KidsTime Workshop visit
For me, visiting my first KidsTime Workshop in February 2018, the thing that struck me most was the sheer honesty with which the parents talked about their situation, and their concerns for their children.
KidsTime Workshop in action
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.
Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Week
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.
The impact of ‘Who Cares?’ in schools
Through the ‘Who Cares?’ project in school, I now recognise myself as a young carer, and that there are others like me. My peers in class now understand what my life is like, and why I am sometimes worried. I used to think that I was nobody, but it’s like ‘Who Cares?’ has given me a voice.