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Did you know that there are lots of children who have a parent
who might take medicine for feeling sad, getting very angry for no
reason, not wanting to join in with things or saying and doing
That may be because they have a mental illness. Did you know
that 1 in 12 children has a parent who is unwell in this way?
No-one really knows exactly what happens in the brain when people
have an illness like this. The films below give an idea
of what might be going on for some...
This video features young carers talking about their lives
caring for a parent with mental illness. Aimed at young
carers, the video is narrated by Chineye and explains in a
simple and visual way how the brain works and what happens when
things go wrong.
This video was produced by Dr Alan Cooklin with funds from the
Royal College of Psychiatrists' Images of Psychiatry
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An hour long documentary film about singer/songwriter
Tulisa Contostavlos's life as a young child and teenager growing up
with her mother who has schizoaffective disorder.
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