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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 strange things?
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...
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
The film is aimed at young carers themselves.
Young carers talk about their lives caring for a parent with mental
illness. Narrated by Chineye, a young carer herself, the film also
explains in a very simple and visual way how the brain works and
what happens when things go wrong.
If you have problems viewing the film on full screen, please
right click on your mouse and go to view full screen.
This film was produced by Dr Alan Cooklin with funds from
the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Images of Psychiatry
If you would like to download the file please click
here (right-click button and "Save As").
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