The ‘WHO CARES?’ Project

The unique in-school project helping children of parents with a mental illness

This project is aimed to create a model of explanation and understanding of mental illness, to reduce stigma, to define and create the support needed by the children whose parents suffer mental illness.

” Through the Who Cares? Project in school, I now recognise myself as a young carer, and that there are others like me.  My peers in class now understand what my life is like, and why I am sometimes worried…

I used to think that I was nobody, but it’s like Who Cares? has given me a voice and that sharing my experience can help others.  Me and my dad have a future.  The world is no longer such as dark and frightening place. I feel that the Who Cares? Project has saved my life.”

Joel, 15 

Find out more about The ‘Who Cares?’ Project – Visit  this page  

Download the leaflet giving an overview of the ‘Who Cares’ project here.

See the ‘Who Cares?’ project launch event here 


‘The Who Cares? Drama team wrote a play for assemblies in school. The audience were so engaged and the focus so intense you could hear a pin drop. They really took in the message. By the end of the week over 600 people watched this student-led work.

One young carer said: “I really enjoyed it. The Who Cares? Project has given me so much confidence and even made me want to carry on with directing and performing”.

Catrina Garratt – Head of Drama at Stoke Damerel Community College 

The Who Cares? Project is supported by the following Stakeholders group:

Anna Freud Centre, Barnardo’s, British Association of Adoption and Fostering, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Carers Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Care, Well-being Partnership, The Children’s Society, Family Action, Journal of Public Mental Health, The Kidstime Foundation Trustees, The Kidstime Project, MAST Team Plymouth Excellence Cluster, Newcastle City Council,PSHE Association, Quintin Kynaston School, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of General practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists,  Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, British Paediatric Mental Health Group, Stoke Damerel Community College – Plymouth, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, Team Media, Young Minds.