COPMI - Children of Parents with a Mental Illness - Keeping families in mind

Our Objectives

Our goals for this funding period set the scene for introducing COPMI’s broader aims

We are very excited to have received Australian Government funding to progress the COPMI initiative until June 2014. This means we can begin promoting the new work we’ve just developed, reinforce our established and foundation resources whilst also working on developing a number of new ones.

Goals for 2012-2014

  • Enhance access to information for family members and carers (including children) where a parent experiences mental illness.
  • Increase access by primary mental health workers to information resources and skills training to enable them to provide psycho‐education and preventive interventions to families where a parent experiences a high prevalence mental illness (e.g. depression and/or anxiety).
  • Provide specialist information, education and guidance relating to children of parents with a mental illness to organisations and community based agencies involved in the delivery of services to parents, children and families.
  • Increase access by secondary and tertiary mental health service providers to information, resources and skills training to enable them to engage in psycho‐educational discussion regarding children with parents who are clients of psychiatric services.
  • Build and promote the evidence base regarding policy and service frameworks; target mental health promotion; illness prevention; early intervention strategies; and user‐driven services for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness.


Activities

Communication and evaluation

  • Develop a 2 year communication strategy.
  • Develop an evaluation options paper to inform an evaluation of the COPMI Project.

Information for families

  • Review and update current resources (website and hard copy) and continue to provide key COPMI booklets on request.
  • Develop and promote information pathways within rural areas involving consultation and collaboration with a range of groups.
  • Promote the new ‘Family Focus’ DVD to families (in 2013).

Skills training for primary mental health care workers

  • Promote the ‘Family Focus’ intervention eLearning course to primary mental health care providers (2012).
  • Promote the ‘Keeping Families and Children in Mind’ eLearning course.
  • In association with relevant specialist groups, scope three advanced modules for the ‘Keeping Families and Children in Mind’ e‐learning resource and pilot test one module (selected by DoHA from the scoping exercise).

Provide specialist information, education and guidance

  • Advise key bodies in mental health service delivery to keep children in mind when supporting parents.
  • Provide specialist advice to stakeholders of early childhood and school sectors; promoting evidence based intervention programs and approaches.
  • Develop and pilot test ‘pathways of care’ resources - to assist professionals to make referrals for children (or families) who need progressive support.
  • Scope a web‐based system/resources which allows mental health care organisations to collaborate with local health, welfare and early childhood services.
  • Research, develop and promote (online) information sheets and Gateways to Evidence that Matters (GEMS) papers to share quality principles, practices and practical strategies with service providers (primary, secondary and tertiary mental health providers, child and family health service providers, judicial services, carers associations, teachers and school support staff).

Skills training for secondary and tertiary mental health service providers

  • Develop and pilot test new ‘Let’s talk about the children’ online eLearning course for parents attending psychiatric services.
  • Scope a marketing/promotion strategy for the new ‘Let’s talk about the children’ intervention training.

Build and promote the evidence base

  • Work with state and territory government mental health departments/commissions and major NGOs to build and promote quality policy and service frameworks.
  • Build and promote the evidence base regarding evaluation of mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention strategies.
  • Build and promote the evidence base regarding user‐driven services through literature review, consumer and carer participation and a forum.
  • Maintain regular consultation with international experts and scope hosting an international COPMI conference in Australia 2014‐2015.

Governance and community participation

  • Host annual Reference Group meetings and bi‐annual National Lived Experience Forum meetings.

 

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