The Australian Government has funded COPMI to continue our work in 2014-15, allowing us to promote new work developed, produce important new resources and to expand the awareness and reach of COPMI's work.
Goals for 2014-15
Increase access to information for family members and carers (including children) where a parent experiences mental illness
Increase access to resources and skills training to enable adult mental health workers to support children, parents and families
Provide specialist information and guidance to early childhood education and care, schools, and child and family services.
Information for families
Continue to promote and disseminate existing and new online and hard copy COPMI materials
Develop new hard copy and online information resources for parents on supporting child resilience, family resilience and family recovery
Develop web based educational materials for children and young people on parental mental illness and recovery
Develop a guide to help parents promote a focus on family needs when accessing adult mental health services
Develop and pilot test workshop materials to be used by people with lived experience to assist organisations to reflect and change practice regarding supports offered to parents and families.
Develop and promote guidance resources to help mental health services to implement the 'Let's Talk About Children' intervention in association with relevant specialist groups
Scope and develop support materials to assist General Practitioners to incorporate family needs into adult mental health care plans
Continue to work with state and territory government mental health departments/commissions to build and promote quality policy and service frameworks for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness.
Provide specialist information, education and guidance
Continue to work in a specialist advice capacity with key stakeholders and mental health programs in the early childhood and schools sectors - to promote evidence-based approaches to supporting children of parents with a mental illness, their parents and families
Expand the content for children and young people in the 'Pathways of Care' resource and promote to relevant audiences.