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

Our Objectives

The Australian Government has funded COPMI to continue our work in 2014-15, providing the opportunity to promote new work developed, produce important new resources and to expand the awareness and reach of COPMI’s work. 

Goals for 2014-15

  1. Increase access to information for family members and carers (including children) where a parent experiences mental illness
  2. Increase access to resources and skills training to enable adult mental health workers to support children, parents and families
  3. Provide specialist information and guidance to early childhood education and care, schools, and child and family services.

Activities

Information for families

  • Continue to promote and disseminate existing and new online and hardcopy 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.

Skills training for adult mental health workers

  • Continue to promote and facilitate workshops for mental health professionals using the 'Keeping Families and Children in Mind' and 'Family Focus' elearning resources
  • 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.

Governance, advice and participation

  • Facilitate the COPMI National Lived Experience Forum face-to-face meetings and teleconferences
  • Facilitate the COPMI National Reference Group.

 

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