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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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

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

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

This booklet is for people living with a mental health problem or mental illness, whose children are aged between 2 and 7 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 consumers, carers, workers, academics and policy makers. A detachable Care Plan Folder is also available.

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Booklets
Helping To Piece The Puzzle Together

An Early Childhood Worker supplement to Piecing the Puzzle Together. An associated resource to assist early childhood workers who work with children and families where a parent has a mental illness or mental health problem. It was produced with input from staff in child care centres and junior primary education. Additional support resources for educators can also be found in the 'Workers Resources/'Early Childhood' section of this website.

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Poster for families
Poster for families

Designed for display in reception areas, on community notice boards, at conferences & events.

Posters for parents
Posters for parents

Designed for display in reception areas, on community notice boards, at conferences & events.

Poster for youth
Poster for youth

Designed for display in reception areas, on community notice boards, at conferences & events.

Booklets
Principles and Actions for Services and People Working with Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

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. *Note: This booklet can no longer be ordered online in hard copy.

Booklets
Saving Francesca: Ideas for Secondary School Teachers

This set of information was developed as part of the Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) initiative's commitment to supporting teachers in developing student awareness of mental illness, reducing stigma, and increasing 'help seeking' behavior.

Booklets
Just Being Me

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. *Available online only

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.