The Kidstime Foundation


                   Fiona Shaw CBE          Ade Adepitan MBE        Alastair Campbell



The unhappiness of children is often laid at the door of their parents. When those parents themselves are unwell then the children may have only isolation and upset as their world.

Kidstime lets children share the world of mending, of realizing that there are others like them and so isolation is no longer their burden, and their adulthood can be a place of normality waiting for them, freeing them.

Kidstime allows burdened children to enact their misery and play their way to freedom
and belonging.


As someone who has known mental illness, and now campaigns for better services and understanding for the mentally ill, I welcome and support The 'WHO CARES?' PROJECT. 

Mental ill health does not only affect the patient but their family, friends and wider circle, and for children and young people it can be particularly hard to have a parent who is mentally ill.

The project offers a chance to understand and talk about a parent’s illness, and to be in a school which is more understanding of what children are having to manage at home. It is a great relief that this project can help children both learn about and make sense of their parent’s illness, and as a result hopefully increase their resilience and make them less vulnerable to future mental ill health.


When I was a child my mum had a nervous breakdown, it was scary and confusing to see someone who was normally so strong looking and feeling so vulnerable. Its never easy to talk to your parents about these things, especially when you don't even know whats happening to them. Kidstime helps to breakdown these barriers by teaching kids about mental illness, and its treatments. It also gives families the confidence, and communication skills, to talk openly in a safe space about mental health issues.

I wish Kidstime was around when I was younger but I'm glad they're here now to make life a little easier, and the future a little brighter, for families dealing with mental illness.




The Kidstime Foundation is a registered charity, No. 1147087.
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 projects. 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.

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