15th May 2018 - Written by 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?
Toxic stress vs chronic stress – what is the difference?
13th March 2018 - Written by 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.
Response to The Guardian letter: Parental conflict and children’s mental health
23rd February 2018 - Written by 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.
2nd February 2018 - Written by 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?
2nd February 2018 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
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.
1st December 2017 - Written by 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.
Response to the Children’s Commissioner’s Report in the Guardian October 2017
30th October 2017 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
I read the report of the argument between Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, and Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, in the Guardian on Saturday, with dismay.
10th October 2017 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
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.
Back to school: Respite, relief or reason to worry?
5th September 2017 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
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.
Ambeya on winning ‘Young Student Volunteer’ at the Westminster Community Awards
2nd July 2017 - Written by Ambeya Begum
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.
9th June 2017 - Written by Dympna Cunnane
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.
Helping children of parental mental illness to thrive in schools
8th May 2017 - Written by Mel McMahon
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.