Kidstime Wirral is a monthly workshop for local children and their families where a parent or carer has a mental health difficulty.
These fun and informal meetings help children, young people and their parents and carers to connect and share their experiences of how the mental health issue is affecting them personally; with an emphasis on helping children and young people access up to date information and support.
Run in collaboration with Youth Support Wirral Borough Council, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and AMHS (Adult Mental Health Service) work together to run a varied menu of activities, offering something for everyone. Kidstime Wirral also works in conjunction with the national mental health charity, the Kidstime Foundation.
Why is Kidstime important?
If left unchecked, it can be easy for a child or young person to have the wrong idea about an adult’s mental health difficulty. This can range from the child feeling responsible, wrongly blaming themselves for causing the condition, to a young person worrying about ‘catching’ a mental health illness.
By helping to open up conversations, sharing factual information and working through resources and activities, the Kidstime programme supports children, young people and their families to find ways of talking about mental health difficulties that can be acceptable to all of them. This can help to reduce anxiety and avoid uncertainty and half-truths, allowing fears and concerns to be named and addressed.
About our brochure
To help make our brochure a bit different we recently invited our service users to come and help us to create it. Working together, young people and their parents and carers took part in this creative workshop, sharing their own stories about the support they have received, to help explain what we do and how we do it, and they also created their own giant artworks to illustrate their important messages.
To have a sneak peek, use your mouse to turn the pages below:
It was a great day and everyone worked really hard but still managed to have lots of fun. We are so pleased with what they created for us and feel really proud of our brochure.
Getting in touch
If you would like your family to be involved in Kidstime, simply ask a worker that is currently supporting your family to refer you to our project.
We accept referrals from: CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), AMHS (Adult Mental Health Services), school nurses, voluntary agencies, social workers and GP’s.
Organisations wanting to refer a family to our project, can do so by contacting:
0151 666 3718
At Kidstime, we’re always looking for new ways to explain to children about parental mental health.
‘My mum’s got a dodgy brain’ is a film for and by children who have a parent with a mental health problem, made in collaboration with Devon Partnership NHS trust and produced by ForMed Films CIC.
Dr Jo Black, Named Doctor for Safeguarding and Clinical Lead for perinatal service, explains: “The film was originally designed to help mental health staff who work with adults to keep in mind the children in their families. It has enormous appeal, charm and honesty and I recommend it to those who work with, care for or manage services for children. It will be used for staff training and staff are invited to share the animation with families to help other children feel less alone.”
My Mum’s got a Dodgy Brain