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

COPMI National Lived Experience Forum

About the role of our lived experience consultants

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The purpose of the COPMI National Lived Experience Forum is to engage people with lived experience (consumers and carers) and use their experiences and perspectives to inform the planning, implementing and evaluation of the COPMI national initiative.

The Forum’s goal is to work in partnership and be a resource for lived experience input into the COPMI national initiative through strong connections with people with lived experience across the Australian states and territories.

The role of Forum members is to:

  • inform and advise the COPMI team on the lived experience perspective across all areas of the COPMI national initiative,
  • be a conduit for information sharing and gathering across networks to promote the COPMI national initiative,
  • be a model of excellence in lived experience partnerships, inclusion and participation, in the dialogue around issues related to children of parents with a mental illness.

In 2014 our forum members were sought from people with a broad range of perspectives and experiences including:

  • parents with a mental illness,
  • partners of a parent with a mental illness,
  • young people and adult children of a parent with a mental illness,
  • carers of a child (under 18 years) who has a parent with a mental illness (e.g. grandparent, carer, foster carer, sibling).

Meet the Forum Members

New members were elected for the 2014-15 funding period.  Forum members meet regularly, both face-to-face and via teleconference.

Read about Forum members.

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To date our forum members have overwhelmingly reported that belonging to the forum has enriched their lives and been personally rewarding and allowed them to contribute in some unexpected ways.

If you would like to contact any of the Forum members, please do so via COPMI's Lived Experience Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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