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

When you're at school

School ground


It might help to read this with an adult.

Lots of kids have a hard time at school – but there is help.

Problems can affect you at school

  • You might worry about your  Mum or Dad when you are at school.
  • Or you might feel hurt by things other kids say.
  • Or you might be teased or bullied.
  • Maybe you are having trouble with homework?

You can get help - no one has to know

  • Try talking to your school counsellor.
  • Or what about talking to your favourite teacher, the chaplain or school nurse?
  • If you don’t want to talk to anyone at school call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
  • Or go online to web or email counselling.
  • See other information about how to get help.

What if something bad happens to my parent when I'm at school?

  • Try talking to your parent – tell them you are worried about them while you are at school.
  • If something happens to your parent when you are at school they can:
    • Call a family member, friend or neighbour
    • Call their support worker if they have one
    • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14
    • In an emergency they can call 000
  • So your parent will be able to get help if you are not there.

If you want more info go to the Teenagers/Young Adults section.


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