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Parental Mental Illness and it's Impact on Children

Monday 02nd March 2020

The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ

9.00am Registration, 9.30am Welcome and 4.30pm Close


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A recent ONS/NHS Digital Report stated that parental mental illness presents the highest risk to children and young people’s mental health.  In 2018, the Children’s Commissioner’s report found that there were approximately 3.7 million children in the UK living with a parent with a mental illness – this equates to nearly 8 children in every classroom.  Without support, 70% of these children are at risk of developing a mental illness themselves by the time they are teenagers. Yet, there is no government policy or funding in place to protect this group. 

Our Time is the only charity solely supporting children of parents with a mental illness.  The charity campaigns for recognition of this group, is a thought leader in parental mental illness, and has developed specialist interventions based on national research proven to help children in this situation.  You can find out more at:

Led by Dympna Cunanne, Chief Executive, Chineye Njoku, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trustee & Ambassador and Helena Kulikowska, Development Director of Our Time charity, the purpose of this workshop will be to raise awareness about parental mental illness and its impact on children among professionals and practitioners, and provide delegates with the knowledge and skills to address this topic with families they are working with.  We will use a range of interactive media to communicate the key learning objectives, and each session will be a combination of listening, discussion, activities and feedback. We will introduce approaches proven to help children in this situation, and share knowledge and expertise to help delegates identify and support children and families within their practice.

After attending this course delegates will be able to…

  • Have knowledge and understanding about parental mental illness and its impacts, to promote compassion and understanding when working with families in this situation.
  • Know about approaches and interventions that help children and families in this situation.
  • Put into practice tips and techniques for talking to (and explaining) children and parents about mental illness, and feel more confident in doing so.
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