Family to Family Workshop series - 6 sessions for the whole family where a parent experiences a mental illness.
This partnership arises from the family members themselves saying ""what we really needed was a place where the whole family could learn and share together about mental illness and how it affects each of us"".
The primary aims of the F2F project are:
The secondary aims of the F2F project are:
The workshops provide a space for families to share, learn, reflect and plan.
The project evaluation includes quantitative and qualitative pre and post test measures to capture dimensions of mental health knowledge, self esteem, family functioning and strengths and difficulties.
Feedback from participants and facilitators for each session and an action research framework is incorporated to capture the experiences and reflections of the design group, facilitators and the partnership management through the life of the project.
Evidence or rationale for the project arises from the experiences of families themselves and their belief about the opportunities that will make a difference, confirmed by the practice experience of the partnering agencies.
Materials and content of the sessions are research based information adapted for this specific purpose.
Two of a series of three have been trialled with promising results.
Analysis of the available data in currently underway.
Feedback from family members tell us the experience has been highly valued with positive outcomes.