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Never sunshine and rainbows
Image of rainbow in the sky
Writing under a pseudonym, teenager Mark tells his personal story about his father's mental illness and the challenges it meant for his family.
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Ambeya’s Sahara Trek for Our Time 2018
Ambeya in the Sahara desert
Our Time trustee, Ambeya, trekked the Sahara to raise funds for Our Time. She shared her experience with us.
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Reasons why I stand up for the rights of children who have a parent with a mental illness
Ambeya Begum young carer Our Time trustee
Life is tough for parents with a mental illness – but it’s also tough for their children. It is impossible to make this issue go away so I feel it’s my duty to raise awareness of it, so these children get the support they need to help them through. 
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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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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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The impact of ‘Who Cares?’ in schools
Joel Archibald young carer
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.
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Five reasons why learning about my dad’s mental illness really helped me
Kirsty
The nature of mental health problems are often that they are confusing and unpredictable and this is especially true for people with bipolar, like my dad. We never knew when his next low or (even more scary) high would be.
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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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