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

Two great children's resources


Welcome to Anna's World   

     Anna By the Sea Book for Children











For children 7 to 12 years old who have a parent with mental illness...

'Anna and the Sea' - Picture book

This picture book was produced in Canada, but is just as relevant to Australian audiences of 7 to 12 years of age.

The story focuses on Anna, who is unable to talk with anyone about her unhappiness that her mother is ill. However she comes across an unconventional friend (Gustav the crab) who helps her to better understand this difficult situation that so many children experience.

It's a touching narrative that aims to inform and support children around the compexities of mental illness.

More about the book and how to order it here

'Welcome to Anna's World' - interactive educational kit

Accompanying the picture book is 'Welcome to Anna's World', a workbook that features educational activities for children aged 7 to 12 years of age.

It includes a vast array of colourful, innovative materials for both health professionals and families, with reports of positive impacts for the children who have used them.

The kit helps to:

  • enhance the coping abilities of children by providing strategies that contribute to their resilience and ability to cope with change, stress and the sense of loss and isolation often feel in regard to their parents illness
  • bolster their self esteem and help them to construct a positive self-image
  • provide a sense of personal empowerment and motivation, enhancing protective factors
  • improve long-term outcomes for this at-risk group of children.

More about the workbook and how to order it here

Arafmi's Handle with Care Workbook for Children

'Handle with Care: A workbook about Mental Illness for 8-12 year olds'

This vibrant workbook is for young people aged 8 to 12 years of age who have a parent or family member with a mental illness.

It has just been updated to include illnesses such as anxiety and borderline personality disorder. The workbook includes information on treatment options, how to cope with feelings and self-care.

The resource can be used in a group setting (such as the SMILES program or with young people individually.

The cost is only $10 to have posted within Australia.
More information and order form here.


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