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

Finding Help...


Need to talk to someone now?

  • Call Lifeline - ph. 13 11 14 
  • Call Kids Helpline - ph. 1800 55 1800

What kind of support do you and your family need?

The kind of support you need will depend on your individual circumstances. Often the best place to start is with your local doctor or support worker. Families are everyone’s business.

Talking to a doctor or support professional

When asking for support, start by explaining what your worries are and how you would like them to help you. Fill in this table before your appointment to help you prepare. If you are feeling unsure about what to say, you could print this page and take it with you to show them. 

Be patient - good support can take time to find

Be aware that your doctor or support worker may not have all the answers straight away and finding the right support services can be tricky. You may need to be persistent and try a few different options until you find what is right for your family.

By working together with a good doctor or other professional you will be able to identify your family’s strengths, areas of need and the help that may be right for you.

Using the help services below

Further down this page (under 'Find local help services and helplines') is a list of prevention services and programs specifically related to children of parents with a mental illness and their families. We recommend that you talk to your doctor or support worker regarding how appropriate they may be for you and your family and about others that may be available.
These services range from camps for kids and support programs for carers to supported playgroups and assistance for parents. Services will vary depending on the area you live. A knowledgeable doctor or support worker can help you with what else is available in your local area.

Other services/supports

Listed below are some other services that are not specific to children of parents with a mental illness, but are available in most areas of Australia and may be able to help.

Find local help services and helplines

Click on the orange arrows > to reveal information.
OR use our interactive map to find services by location. 

State Programs/Services

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  1. NSW, Auburn, Blacktown, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Parramatta - Young Carers Program
  2. NSW, Central Coast Gosford - Family Inclusion Network Outreach
  3. NSW, Central Coast Gosford - Prevention Team - Parenting and COPMI
  4. NSW, Central Coast Kincumber - Young ARAFMI - Kids Connecting
  5. NSW, Eastern Sydney Suburbs - COPMI Coordinator
  6. NSW, Hills District - REACH Program
  7. NSW, Inner Sydney (Redfern and Waterloo) - Partnership with Parents
  8. NSW, Kookaburra Kids
  9. NSW, Multiple Locations - SMILES Program (Simplifying Mental Illness plus Life Enhancement Skills) - Free download available worldwide
  10. NSW, Murrumbidgee Local Health Network - COPMI
  11. NSW, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley and surrounds - YP-COPMI
  12. NSW, Northern Beaches - COPMI Clinician
  13. NSW, Northern Sydney - COPMI Consultant
  14. NSW, Northern Sydney - Paying Attention to Self Support Group for Teens
  15. NSW, Northern Sydney, Central Coast Area - Connect for Kids
  16. NSW, Penrith - Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District - COPMI Coordinators
  17. NSW, REACH Program (Black Dog Institute)
  18. NSW, South Coast Illawarra - POPPY (Parents Opportunity to Participate in Play with their Young) Playgroup
  19. NSW, South Coast Wollongong LGA - Barnardos South Coast 'POPPY' Playgroup
  20. NSW, South East Sydney, South West Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle) - ON FIRE
  21. NSW, South Windsor - Parenting Together Playgroup
  22. NSW, St George and Sutherland Shire - COPMI Program
  23. NSW, Supporting Kids in Primary Schools (SKIPS)
  24. NSW, Surry Hills - Family Inclusion Network
  25. NSW, Sydney - Holyoake Family Alcohol and Other Drug Programs (Kaleidoscope Plus Program)
  26. NSW, Sydney Eastern and Central Suburbs - Child and Family Program
  27. NSW, Sydney Local Health Network - Marrickville, Redfern, Camperdown, Canterbury, Croydon, Bankstown and Surrounds - COPMI Program
  28. NSW, Sydney, Lindfield - Paying Attention to Self (PATS)
  29. NSW, Tamworth, Armidale - Centacare SMILES Program (8-11 yrs)
  30. NSW, Western Sydney Local Health Network (East) - COPMI Co-ordinator
  31. NSW, Women and Children's Program
  32. NSW, Young Carer Program

Northen Territory

Currently there are no programs or services listed


South Australia



Western Australia

National Programs/Services

International Programs/Services

Find Helplines

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Phone (& online) helplines

  1. ACT - Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team
  2. ACT - PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information)
  3. ACT - Youth Support Line
  4. National - beyondblue Support Service
  5. National - Carer Advisory and Counselling Service
  6. National - Child Care Access Hotline
  7. National - Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
  8. National - Emergency Services
  9. National - Family Drug Support Line
  10. National - GriefLine Online Counselling Service
  11. National - GriefLine Telephone Counselling Helpline
  12. National - healthdirect Australia
  13. National - Karitane Careline
  14. National - Kids Helpline
  15. National - Lifeline
  16. National - Lifeline Online Crisis Support Chat
  17. National - MensLine Australia
  18. National - MensLine Australia Online and Video Counselling
  19. National - Mi Networks Helpline
  20. National - OCD and Anxiety Helpline
  21. National - PANDA’s Helpline (Post and Antenatal Depression Association)
  22. National - Parentline
  23. National - Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline
  24. National - Relationship Help Online
  25. National - Relationships Australia
  26. National - SANE Australia Helpline
  27. National - SANE Australia Helpline Online
  28. National - State Crisis Support (available 24 hours, 7 days a week)
  29. National - Suicide Call Back Service
  30. National - The Shed Online
  31. National - Young Carers
  32. NSW - Anxiety Disorders Information Line
  33. NSW - Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Information and Support Line
  34. NSW - Mental Health Information Service
  35. NSW - Tresillian Parent's Help Line
  36. NSW - TRISS (Telephone Referral Information Support Service)
  37. NT - Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) Inc
  38. NT - Northern Territory Crisis Assessment Telephone Triage and Liaison Service
  39. QLD - 13 HEALTH
  40. QLD - ARAFMI 24 Hour Telephone Support Line for Carers
  41. TAS - Mental Health Carers Tasmania
  42. VIC - ARAFEMI Carer Helpline
  43. VIC - MI Helpline Victoria
  44. WA - ARAFMI Support and Counselling Service
  45. WA - MIFWA (Mental Illness Fellowship WA) Telephone Information and Referral Service

Interactive Map

Double-click on the locations below to view more detailed program/service maps.

  • The number indicates the number of programs/services in an area.
  • The red markers indicate the physical location of program/service on the map.



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