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

What you need to know

It might help to look at this website with an adult.

Check out the important messages in the videos below.

Then click on the links in orange (on the RIGHT!) for lots more information about your Mum or Dad's mental illness.

  • Message 1

  • You are not alone – there are other young people who have a parent with a mental illness.
  • Message 2

  • You didn’t cause your parent’s illness - and it’s not up to you to make them better.
  • Message 3

  • Mental illness is just like a physical illness – anyone can have one.
  • Message 4

  • It’s good to find out about your parents illness - and it’s ok to ask questions.
  • Message 5

  • It’s ok to talk about how you feel. Don’t push it aside.
  • Message 6

  • It’s good to have someone to talk with – make sure it’s someone you can trust.
  • Message 7

  • Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about mental illness.
  • Message 8

  • It’s ok to have feelings and be angry, frustrated or upset.
  • Message 9

  • It’s good to take time out to do something you enjoy. It’s not selfish.
  • Message 10

  • You have a right to feel safe. Make a list of people you can call.




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Koolta: rapping about parental mental Illness

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