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The Perfect Ice Cream
Still from animation of ice cream man and girl
Video: This animation explores family mental health difficulties in a sensitive way, helping young people to understand it’s not as uncommon as they may think. 
Drama guide from The Lowry theatre
Man showing two children something on a mobile phone
This accessible guide from The Lowry theatre group outlines a six-week scheme of work for teachers and youth workers, exploring basic approaches to drama.
When a parent has a mental illness
Young carer
Video: Chineye talks about her experiences growing up as a young carer and meets Dr Cooklin to get some explanations about what happens when someone has a mental illness.
Jas’s story
A still from the short dramatisation 'Jas's Story' featuring the title character talking
Video: This short drama follows the experiences of young carer Jas, whose mum has a mental illness. He has to look after his mum as well as his little sister, while also dealing with schoolwork and bullying classmates.
Explaining why a parent is in hospital
Sally Bear booklet cover
Stories/Guides: These booklets have been created by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation to help children and young people from the age of three upwards understand their parents’ mental health problems and why they are in hospital.
Working with families: Being seen and heard
Being seen and heard still
Video: This training film provides practical and creative suggestions on how professionals involved in the care of parents with mental illness and their children can work effectively.
Is mental illness contagious?
Is mental illness contagious still
Video: This film shows a group of young carers and mental health professionals discussing whether mental illness is contagious. With accompanying teacher/facilitator notes.