Collaboration and consultation

It is important that we engage with the right people to promote the mental health outcomes of children who have a parent experiencing mental illness

COPMI uses a collaborative approach to ensure the information we develop and share with individuals, health professionals, community workers and the wider community is credible and useful.

This information is based on research evidence and lived experience. Two key advisory groups, plus a number of consultation groups, guide, consult on and review our work.

National Reference Group

The COPMI National Reference Group advises on the development and delivery of all our information and materials. The members comprise specialists from mental health, academia, community services and policy development as well as those with lived experience of parental mental illness.

Together with COPMI, my lived experienced friends and colleagues can continue to shape the face of mental health recovery. Forty years ago when I was a child of a parent with severe mental illness I could never have dreamed that such a journey could have been possible.

This is an empowering and proactive organisation with the gentlest of human touches helping children and their families and the wider mental health movement.
Louise, VIC mother

Reference Group members also facilitate two-way communication between us and their networks and affiliates.

National Lived Experience Forum

The purpose of the National Lived Experience Forum is to work in collaboration with people with lived experience of mental illness and use their experiences and perspectives to inform the planning, implementing and evaluation of the COPMI national initiative.

The Forum's goal is to work in partnership and be a resource for lived experience input into the COPMI national initiative through strong connections with people with lived experience across Australia.

The role of Forum members is to:

  • collaborate with the COPMI team to support the delivery of funded activities
  • provide guidance and advice regarding the future direction and activities of the initiative
  • be a conduit for information sharing and gathering across networks to promote the COPMI national initiative
  • be a model of excellence in lived experience collaboration, inclusion and partnerships in the dialogue around issues related to children of parents with a mental illness.

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More information about our Reference Groups