We're a Scottish community dedicated to creating open discussion about growing up with parents or guardians affected by mental illness, addiction and other issues. Every week on CandidTalk Podcast, we interview different people about their experiences with parents' illnesses, mental health and family relationships. If you would like to get involved with our work or give us feedback, please get in touch—we'd love to hear from you!
CandidTalk was born out of the need for more support for individuals who are affected by mental illness through their parent(s), carer(s) or guardian(s). Our founding member, Becky, initially found it hard to seek help for her mum, Fran, who was struggling with alcohol addiction, because of the stigma attached the condition. Jennifer found it difficult supporting her mum who manages depression and codependence, without any support.
Lack of education and awareness surrounding addiction and mental illness means that many people develop negative attitudes towards these illnesses. We hope to help change that.