Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Being Seen and Heard: CD ROM


Children with a parent with mental illness often fall through professional net and are seen as nobody's responsibility. Nothing is explained to them, and they often receive no help at all to deal with the affects of the parent's illness. These children need to be seen and heard.

As many as 175,000 young people in the UK are involved in the care of an adult with a health or mental health problems. These children usually worry about their parents, may blame themselves for the illness , fear that they will 'catch' the illness and feel unsupported.
All professionals working with adults with mental illness need to stop and think about the needs of these young people. This training package provides practical and creative suggestions about working with children and parents. It contains clips of children, young people and their parents talking about their experiences of mental illness and how professional can work effectively with them
Been see and heard title  
Partners in care On their own Ellie and Bekkie Hospital After the play



A CD-ROM of additional resources is also enclosed:
  • Training pack 
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists' report Patients as Parents


Cost: £36.00 (incl. VAT). To order a copy of the training pack, contact the Leaflets Department, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1X 8BB. Tel: + 44 (0)27 235 2351 ext. 6259; email:
The training CD-ROM has been developed for the exclusive use of staff involved in the care of mentally ill parents and their children - whether from the Health, Social Care, Education, Probation or Voluntary Sector Services.
The parents and children who have contributed to the film have given their permission on the strict understanding that the film will be used for training purposes only.
Make a Donation