Supporting young people affected by the mental illness of a parent or sibling

 

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Our Mission

To create a supportive environment for young people affected by parental mental illness which allows them to be identified, understood and to receive explanations for their parents’ condition, its causes and treatment, to better manage their role at home and in school and in a way which builds their resilience, reduces their risk of developing mental health conditions as adults and improves their life outcomes.

Our Aims

1) To identify and provide explanation-based interventions to children affected by parental mental illness
2) To inform and train education and healthcare professionals to identify and support children affected by parental mental illness
3) To lobby for proper recognition of children affected by parental mental illness and their needs
4) To work with external groups such as peers and parents to build understanding of the needs of children affected by parental mental illness

The Objectives of the Foundation are:

1. To support and develop methods to help children and young people who have parents with mental illness.

2. To educate professional staff of different disciplines, as well as the general public, about the needs of the children of parents with mental illness.

3. To develop educational tools and interventions to raise awareness of the needs of the children of parents with mental illness, and to counteract stigma.

An additional aim of the Foundation will be to support the setting up of new Kidstime Workshops. These are monthly multi-family groups lasting 2.5 hours for the families, (including the parent/parents with mental illness, the non-ill parents when available, and the children of parents with mental illness). The groups (which include explanations of the mental illness for the children as well as drama sessions to represent their experiences) have been shown in a recent evaluation to significantly diminish the children’s levels of distress and disturbance and to improve the caring approaches adopted by the parents.

To find out more about Kidstime Workshops please click HERE.