Free COPMI Materials

For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them

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DVD resources
The 'Family Focus' DVD

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.

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Family Focus DVD - Professional's Guide
Professional's Guide (to the Family Focus DVD)

This DVD insert ('A guide for professionals') provides information about the 'Family Focus' intervention that can accompany the Family Focus DVD footage (above). It guides professionals through how to use the DVD as part of the Family Focus intervention (a 3-step, evidence-based intervention designed to help families create a shared understanding of depression and/or anxiety.)

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Intervention Guides
Teenager's guide: 'When your parent has a mental illness'

Produced for parents to offer to their children, or for practitioners to provide to them when supporting parents and families.

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Intervention Guides
Parent's guide: 'How can I help my child?'

Produced for use by professionals when supporting parents with mental illness and their families.

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Booklets
The Best For Me and My Baby booklet

This booklet was developed with and for women with a mental health problem 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.

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Booklets
Family Talk booklet

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.

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Booklets
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.

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Primary school workers
Supporting childen of parents with a mental illness - A resource for primary-school workers

Information about how primary schools can help their students and their families, when these children with parents who experience mental illness.

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Booklets
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.

Additional support resources for educators can be found at the early childhood section of this website.

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Booklets
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.

Booklets
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.

Booklets
Just Being Me - middle-school teacher's booklet

This teaching resource was developed in conjunction with MindMatters. It offers a package of ideas for middle school teachers using 'Helicopter Man' or 'Lochie Leonard, Legend' as class texts. Potential outcomes for students include increased understanding of mental illness and its affect on families, reduction in associated stigma and increased help-seeking behaviours.

Inpatient and Community Mental Health Service Checklists
Inpatient Mental Health Service Family Friendly Checklist

Check how family-friendly your inpatient or community mental health services are by comparing them with the COPMI Family Friendly Checklists. These checklists have been developed from information provided by parents with a mental illness, their partners, support people and children as well as service providers.

Inpatient and Community Mental Health Service Checklists
Community Mental Health Service Family Friendly Checklist

Check how family-friendly your inpatient or community mental health services are by comparing them with the COPMI Family Friendly Checklists. These checklists have been developed from information provided by parents with a mental illness, their partners, support people and children as well as service providers.

Information Sheets
Talking with teenagers about mental illness - Information sheet

This two-page information sheet provides tips regarding talking with teenagers about their parent's mental illness.