Get involved

The involvement of people with lived experience of mental illness is an essential component of strengthening our work

Who can help

If you are a parent experiencing mental illness or a partner, child, carer or other family member of a parent with a mental illness you might like to consider what you can offer with your experience.  

We seek to engage people from diverse populations, including:

  • parents experiencing mental illness
  • partners of a parent with a mental illness
  • children, 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 (such as grandparents, carers, foster carers, siblings)
  • people from diverse backgrounds (eg. from Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, rural and regional, single parent, foster carer and grandparent groups).

I’ve loved it and I hope I have made a valuable contribution. A very worthwhile experience and great organisation to be involved with.

A lived experience representative

Many people will offer knowledge and experience from more than one perspective.

We value your input

The people with lived experience of mental illness that we work with have highly valued roles within COPMI. We acknowledge they are the real experts in living in families where a parent experiences mental illness.