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Stress – is it real?
Alan Cooklin
It is great that the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress; because it’s so universal, isn’t it? Or is it, and has the word become so overused and hackneyed that it's almost lost its meaning?
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Toxic stress vs chronic stress – what is the difference?
Dympna Cunnane
Toxic stress and chronic stress: these are very scary words, what do they mean? Let’s take them one at a time, stress is the tension between our capabilities and the demands on us, like an elastic band stretched between two poles.
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Response to The Guardian letter: Parental conflict and children’s mental health
Dympna Cunnane
Serious and sustained parental conflict often arises when there is a parent or parents with mental health problems. We know that parental/home environment has a big and lifelong impact on children and young people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
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Being ourselves
Alan Cooklin
A message to young people and their parents for Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Being Ourselves’. Well that’s an obvious one isn’t it – who could disagree with that?
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Being myself
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Children of parents with a mental illness often come to school from very chaotic homes where they are hyper-alert and very stressed. They keep the problem hidden because they do not want anyone to know due to stigma and shame and they do not identify as carers because they are fearful of interventions that they see as making matters worse.
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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
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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?
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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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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
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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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Helping children of parental mental illness to thrive in schools
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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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