The Parental Mental Illness SIG (Special Interest Group) addresses the major gap in awareness and understanding across professionals/practitioners providing a platform to learn and share knowledge, skills and research/evaluation findings, to develop and deliver evidence-based practice and work collaboratively on service development.
Meet the branch
I am the CEO of the charity Our Time. Our Time helps young people dealing with parental mental illness. We make sure they get the support they need and have their voices heard. I have a BA (University College Dublin) in Psychology and Philosophy, an MA in Psychology (Tavistock Institute London) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking, as well as professional training in psychoanalysis (Jungian). I have worked as an organisation development specialist in large organisations, with over twenty years’ experience of working as a consultant to top level executives in international, public and private sector companies. I am interested in mental well-being in its broadest sense, having trained and worked in therapeutic settings as well as applying her knowledge to the world of work and workplaces. I believe that the mind is our most powerful resource, and as such, determines much of our life experience. Please contact me via email@example.com and follow on Twitter @ourtimecharity
Recent research indicates that over 2 million children are affected by parental mental illness. This is 20% of the school population, or 6 in every classroom. 70% of these children will show signs of mental health problems by age 20, yet this group is not recognised in the UK and there is no statutory provision to support their wellbeing. Everyone knows someone in this situation yet they are hidden and neglected.
We know from wide-ranging consultation, service development delivery and evaluation, that relatively modest support measures make a significant difference to children and young people affected by parental mental illness, substantially increasing resilience and the ability to self-protect. Even small interventions, such as an explanation of a parent’s illness and peer support, can significantly improve the health and wellbeing of the child or young person living with a parent or carer with mental health problems.
Parental Mental Illness Special Edition
Welcome to this issue of The Bridge focusing on Parental Mental Illness.
Click on the front cover to download the issue as a pdf. Each of the articles can be read via the links below, and they each have individual pdfs to download.
Articles from this edition
In Conversation… Our Time
At the recent Parental Mental Illness Masterclass led by charity Our Time, ACAMH CEO, Martin Pratt, caught up with the speakers, Dr Alan Cooklin, Jess Streeting and Kirsty Taha-Wraith, to discuss the impact of parental mental health and what Our Time’s interventions mean for young people.
In Conversation… Parental Mental Illness
The World Health Organization has stated that parental mental illness is a major public health issue across the globe and Adverse Childhood Experiences research identifies it as one of the 10 most significant adversities and risk factors for children and young people’s mental wellbeing. 70% of these children will suffer some level of largely preventable mental ill health themselves by the age of 21.
In this podcast, Dr Alan Cooklin and Jessica Streeting join Jo Carlowe, psychology journalist, to discuss the impact of parental mental illness, how family psychiatry has developed, how everyone has a key role to play, and the power of explanation and understanding as a protective intervention.
We also have a training day coming up on parental mental illness, the day will ‘Challenge the Silence’ that children and young people face with a parent with mental illness.