Many parents who experience depression or anxiety worry about whether they should talk with their children about their illness and how much they should say. The Family Focus DVD helps parents to start this conversation with their children.
PROFESSIONALS - PLS ORDER IN ADDITION TO DVD ABOVE: 'Family Focus' guide (professionals only)
This guide provides information to professionals on how to use the Family Focus DVD as part of the Family Focus intervention (a three-step, evidence-based intervention designed to help families create a shared understanding of depression and/or anxiety.)
This booklet is for teenagers of parents who experience mental illness (aged 12 to 15 years and above). It helps young people to better understand their parent’s mental illness, answering common questions that they have.
The resource has been produced alongside professionals, parents and young people with a lived experience of a parent's mental illness. Parents can choose to offer the guide to their children or practitioners can provide it to them when supporting parents and families.
NOTE: Limited copies available. Booklets are for professionals who are training in or providing the ‘Let’s talk about children’ method, to offer to young people they are working with.
This guide helps parents to reflect on their mental illness and symptoms (including the impact on their parenting and on the family) and offers practical tips on how to build child and family resilience.
NOTE: Limited copies available. Booklets are for professionals who are training in, or providing, the ‘Let’s talk about children’ method.
The 'My child's support network' guide has been developed in partnership with parents who live with a mental illness, their children and supporters. It is designed to help parents think about the relationships in their child's life and ways to strengthen these to support their child and the family unit.
This booklet was developed with and for women with a mental health condition or mental illness (and their partners) who are thinking about having a baby, are new parents or are about to have a baby. It encourages health professionals and parents to work together to manage mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood and provides tips for parents and for supporting family and friends.
Developed in partnership with families and young people, this booklet contains tips and information for parents with mental health problems, their children, other family members and support people. Topics include answering questions, discussing things as a family and planning for times when the parent may be unwell. Also included are 'press out' cards for children and young people to use to record their important phone numbers.
Piecing the Puzzle Together: Raising young people when mental illness is part of your life booklet
This booklet is for people living with a mental health problem or mental illness, whose children are aged between two and seven years. It’s also for partners, family and friends. It contains helpful ideas about being the best parent you can when you’re not as well as you’d like to be and ways to support your child’s development during their special early years. Produced in consultation with parents who have a lived experience of mental illness, their carers and supports, workers, academics and policy makers. A detachable care plan folder is included.
Helping To Piece The Puzzle Together - Early childhood worker's booklet
This is a resource that accompanies the 'Piecing the Puzzle Together' booklet. Produced for early childhood workers, it helps them work with children and families where a parent has a mental illness or mental health problem. It was produced with input from staff in childcare centres and junior primary education.
This is a resource that supports professionals and teams to reflect on the information resources, networks and supports available for children, parents and families. It can be used by workers in different ways, including:
As an individual collaborating with a parent
As an worker researching on behalf of a parent who is not physically there
Principles and Actions for Services and People Working with Children of Parents with a Mental Illness booklet
This key document provides guidance for both organisations and individuals across a wide range of jurisdictions. It is the culmination of an extensive review of the literature and of consultations with parents who have a mental illness, their carers and children, service providers and experts.
Saving Francesca: Ideas for Secondary School Teachers booklet
This resource was developed as part of the COPMI national initiative's commitment to supporting teachers to develop student awareness of mental illness, reducing stigma, and increasing 'help seeking' behavior.
Inpatient Mental Health Service Family Friendly Checklist
Check how 'family-friendly' your inpatient or community mental health services are by comparing them with these COPMI checklists. They have been developed from information provided by parents with a mental illness, their partners, support people and children as well as service providers.