Kidstime Workshops Testimonials.

Watch the video and read below to hear more from the children and parents who have attended our Kidstime Workshops.

Terry and Drew.

Terry Palmer, 50, a Kidstime regular attends Kidstime Workshops with his 12-year-old daughter Drew. Terry, a former electronicsengineer, first brought Drew to Kidstime two years ago, as he and his family (he also has three grown-up children) struggled to cope with the ill health of his wife Amanda, 50.

“For the past ten years, she has had a heart and lung condition that has led to depression, self-harm and binge drinking, we have had suicide attempts and she has been sectioned. Drew has never known a home life without that turmoil.”

At the age of nine, Drew’s teachers reported that she was becoming withdrawn and falling behind at school.

“It’s hard for any kid to come out and say, “My mum or dad has gone off the rails,” so instead Drew was pushing herself into a corner and could no longer relate to her peers. But coming here has enabled her to see that others are in similar situations and, although we have problems, we are working through them. That has given her confidence and now she is blossoming.”

Angel, 17, began attending Kidstime five years ago.

“People think depression is when you feel low and want to kill yourself. But there is so much more to it than that. My mum has schizoaffective disorder. That means she gets schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations, and mood disorder symptoms, including mania and depression. She mixes up reality with imagination. She takes antidepressants and sleeping pills but there is often no way of knowing what state she is going to be in.

My dad found out about Kidstime when he was looking for ways to help me. I already knew about my mum’s illness, but it was good to know that there are people who, like me, have to remind their parents to shower and eat.

People say mental illness is invisible, but you can usually tell by the look on someone’s face or the way they are not keeping up with personal hygiene that they are unwell. Being a carer for my mum is not a bad thing, but it is a responsibility. I know that sometimes she doesn’t want to talk, she just wants me to sit with her. The annoying thing is that because I have lived with my mum, I can usually tell when other people are down as well. You start to feel guilty if the people around you are not happy, which is illogical, but I can’t help it. That is one of the things we’ve talked about at Kidstime – the burden of having that insight. My school and college mates don’t understand that, but with my friends from Kidstime we can just jump straight into a deep conversation, and that means a lot to me.”