COPMI - Children of Parents with a Mental Illness - Keeping families in mind

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Getting professional support

Everyone needs support at some time or other, whether that’s a non-judgemental ear to listen, or someone to help carry the load when times are tough. When mental illness is a part of life, you may also need professional help. That starts with your mental health worker or a GP.

If you are concerned about a family member or yourself at any time, you can always speak to a counsellor on the phone at Lifeline (or young people at Kids Helpline).

Find specific services

Here on our site we list various programs, services and helplines for families who have a parent with mental illness. These include support groups, peer support networks, respite programs and other activities that support children and families either directly or indirectly.

Other helpful information

Also on our site we offer information for Parents & Families as well as Kids & Teens/Young Adults living with parental mental illness. There are numerous pages of useful information, with links off to other websites and resources that provide further information. We also include personal stories from other parents and children, who live with parental mental illness.

If you're looking for specific materials that can help you, or resources on different aspects of children and families and mental illness, see a wealth of information in our 'Get Info' section of the website.

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