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

Free COPMI Materials

 The following materials are for use by families where a parent has a mental illness, including their carers & supporters...

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>Family Focus DVD
>Booklets
>Teaching resources
>Inpatient and Community Mental Health Service Checklists
>Information Sheets
>Care Plans
>Flyers
>Posters

 

 

DVD resource

Family Focus DVD

This DVD is for parents with depression and/or anxiety and focuses on talking to their children about these illnesses. This has been proven to build child resilience to developing problems of their own, and strengthening the family unit.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Teaching resources 

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' behaviour.

 

 

 

 

Just Being MeJust Being Me    

*Available online only

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

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

Support for children

Info for dads

*Available online only

 

Care Plans

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.

 

COPMI Flyers 

For everyone

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

General information about COPMI – who we are, what we do and the resources we have available for families and mental health professionals.

Designed  to be printed on a four-sided DL-sized flyer. We recommend you fill out this order form where you can order unlimited copies via the post. COPMI will even cover your postage charges. 

  

 

 

 

Professionals FlyerFor Parents

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

For parents who experience mental health problems, or are diagnosed with a mental illness, their partners and supporters. It lists information and resources available from COPMI and includes contact information.

Designed  to be printed on two sides of a DL-sized flyer. We recommend you fill out this order form where you can order unlimited copies via the post. COPMI will even cover your postage charges. 

 

 

 

Professionals FlyerFor Professionals

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

For mental health professionals who work with parents who have mental health issues or mental illness. It lists information and resources available from COPMI and includes contact information.

Designed  to be printed on two sides of a DL-sized flyer. We recommend you fill out this order form where you can order unlimited copies via the post (from week 30th September 2013). COPMI will even cover your postage charges. 

 

 

 

Young people's flyerFor Young People

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

This flyer is for young people with a parent or parents who experience mental health problems, or are diagnosed with a mental illness. It lists information and resources available from COPMI and includes contact information.

It is designed to be printed on two sides of a DL-sized flyer. We recommend you fill out this order form where you can order unlimited copies via the post (from week 30th September 2013). COPMI will even cover your postage charges.

 

 

 

Posters

Poster for familiesPoster for families

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

 

 

 

 

Poster for parents Poster for parents Posters for parents

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

 

 

 

 

Poster for youthPoster for youth

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

 

 

 

 

Poster for professionalsPoster for professionals

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

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping In Touch With Your Children Menu

Produced by the Northern Psychiatric Unit, Northern Area Mental Health Service, NorthWestern Mental Health, Victoria.

The Keeping In Touch With Your Children Menu was designed to enable use within any adult acute psychiatric inpatient unit in Australia. If it is used to develop practice initiatives we would love to hear about them. Email: Angela Obradovic, Chief Social Worker, Northern Area Mental Health Service at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please be aware before downloading that these are very large files due to their high quality. A compressed version (lo res) is also available below but contains a watermark from the free compression software.

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 Associated implementation documents - examples only:

 

Dad - Do it for your kids

*Available online only

Poster for mental health services.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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