Download 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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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 checklist. They 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 on talking with teenagers about their parent's mental illness.

Information Sheets

Talking about mental illness with children of primary school age - Information sheet

This two-page information sheet provides tips on talking with primary school aged children about their parent's mental illness.

Information Sheets

Talking about mental illness with toddlers - Information sheet

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

Communicating with babies about mental illness - Information sheet

Communicating with babies about mental illness - Information sheet

This two-page information sheet offers tips about communicating with babies about their parent's mental illness.

KIT Poster - A4

Keeping In Touch With Your Children 'Poster'

The Keeping in Touch with Your Children 'Menu' poster was developed for use in any acute adult inpatient unit in Australia. The poster is intended to help services to promote and support the parenting role of individuals by presenting ways that parents can keep connected with their children during their stay.

View a Q&A regarding the development of this resource, and how it can be can be used by services. An associated practice guidelines example document (kindly shared by the Northern Area Mental Health Service Victoria) can be downloaded to guide professionals to use the menu.

Practice guidelines example - for the 'Keeping in Touch with Your Children' poster

Practice guidelines example - for the 'Keeping in Touch with Your Children' poster

This practice guidelines document has been kindly shared by the Northern Area Mental Health Service of Victoria. The document provides guidance and suggestions on how to facilitate each of the nine menu items shown in the 'Keeping in Touch with Your Children' poster.

An informative Q&A describes the development of this resource, and how it can be can be used by services. A Child Visiting Procedure was also developed by the working group who produced these guidelines, aligned to existing clinical risk assessments frameworks and safety initiatives.

Information Sheets

Parenting: Being a dad - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet is one of a set of six sheets for fathers. It provides information about being a dad when there's mental illness in the family.

Understanding and managing mental illness - Information sheet

Understanding and managing mental illness - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet provides information about understanding and managing your own mental illness.

Looking after your emotional wellbeing - One of six information sheets for fathers

Looking after your emotional wellbeing - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet is one of a set of six sheets for fathers. It provides information about the importance of emotional health.

Information Sheets

Looking after your physical wellbeing - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet is one of a set of six sheets for fathers. It provides information about the importance of being physically well in order to manage the demands of mental illness.

Information Sheets

Partners in parenting - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet is one of a set of six sheets for fathers. It provides information about the importance of working together with your child's parent when there's conflict.

Information Sheets

Finding support - One of six information sheets for fathers

This two-page information sheet is one of a set of six sheets for fathers. It provides information about finding the right support when you experience a mental illness. Includes a comprehensive list of support options.

Care Plans

Family Care Plan

The whole family will feel better if they know what to do should a crisis occur – and putting it in writing as a care plan and sharing it with everyone involved means they all know who is responsible for what and when.

Care Plans

Care Plan for Kids and Young People

The whole family will feel better if they know what to do should a crisis occur – and putting it in writing as a care plan and sharing it with everyone involved means they all know who is responsible for what and when.