When a parent has a mental illness...


Did you know that there are lots of children who have a parent who might take medicine for feeling sad, getting very angry for no reason, not wanting to join in with things or saying and doing strange things?

That may be because they have a mental illness. Did you know that 1 in 12 children has a parent who is unwell in this way? No-one really knows exactly what happens in the brain when people have an illness like this. The films below give an idea of what might be going on for some.


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Young carers discuss their experiences

In a series of videos from Our Time – a charity which supports young people affected by parental mental illness – three young women talk about their experiences growing up. 


When a parent has a mental illness...

Jul 17, 2018, 13:08 PM
This video features young carers talking about their lives caring for a parent with mental illness. Aimed at young carers, the video is narrated by Chineye and explains in a simple and visual way how the brain works and what happens when things go wrong. This video was produced by Dr Alan Cooklin with funds from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Images of Psychiatry Campaign. Download the wmv file (right-click button and "Save As").
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