Call on the government to support children who care for parents with mental illness

Reasons for signing

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Nigel Thompson
Dec 8, 2020
#STOP-THE-STIGMA
#SAVE-LIFES

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Ana maria Bojoaga
Aug 27, 2020
Create awareness.

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Johanna Taher
Aug 21, 2020
I’m signing because I’m a parent with mental illness and having brought up 3 children, with a lot of support from family, I’m very aware of how a parent with mental health issues can affect children. Even with support, my children were and still are affected. I aim to bring awareness of these children because they get forgotten.

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Peter Finn
Aug 12, 2020
I would have benefitted so much from such a project, when I was a child.Now, at 59,I am still dealing with many of the insecurities and low self esteem, that have been present throughout my life, and I have never been able to put to rest.

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Merryn Jones
Aug 12, 2020
I work in mental health. It affects us all

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Marla James
Jul 29, 2020
I'm signing this petition as the parent with mental health issues with a child of 2 years old. Professionals need more training in dealing with parents of mental health but also the children, I am functional and often in cases the mental illness goe's undiagnosed. In my experience its easier to have that child adopted than work with the family. In the 80's we had mass adoptions of parents with mental health issue's taken illegally this STILL happens under the secrecy of family law. Simply WORK WITH US we're often attentive we care for the rights of our children and never wish poor mental health for themselves we want them to suceed and amongst all know that they are loved. More training needs to happen to ensure the child's safety and understanding the mental health condition is key. Children can maintain a safe and healthy relationship with the parent if training and early safe intervention is recommended. If this issue was so under the radar then perhaps barnado's and Swansea University wouldn't need to review the illegal practices of children of parents with mental health and forced adoption. When more training was shown in the review to ensure the childs emotional and mental wellbeing families and children progressed and thrived. I support this as if it's a gateway for a better future for children and parents to ensure safeguarding but maintaining the bond of its birth parents then i fully sign this.

A mother with Bi-Polar.

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A Herniman
1 year ago
Children of mentally ill parents deserve a voice. They both do, together.

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Kayleigh Ruffy
1 year ago
I am the adult child of a mother diagnosed with schizophrenia, who never felt heard or understood or received help and support.

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Julie Allan
2 years ago
Many factors impact young people’s mental health and early recognition of particular risk will support earlier and more cost effective mitigation, reduce suffering and benefit life chances. Why would you not raise awareness and capability so this cycle is not perpetuated?

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Tim Doyle
2 years ago
It is a real issue unrecognised by the majority of the population including myself.