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My lockdown experience
Image of a young girl baking a cake
Meet 7-year-old Maycee, who is one of our Workshop attendees. She has written about her experience of the lockdown and how it has affected her.
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Top tips for staying mentally well during the COVID-19 lockdown
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Amy (name changed) has attended our KidsTime Workshops and has kindly shared her thoughts on how young people might adapt to the current lockdown due to COVID-19. Read her tips on the link below.
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Seasonal advice for young people, by young people
Back of a child's head, hanging an ornament on a lit Christmas tree
We asked some of our young people to give advice to those affected by parental mental illness this festive season.
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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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