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

Finding support

It's so important to have the right support when times are tough - so you can keep on being there for your family. 

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Finding the right support can be challenging. But it's worth persisting to find what sits right with you. There's plenty out there, and when you find what feels right it can make all the difference to you and your family.

What you can do 

  • Find a trusted friend, colleague or family member to confide in.
  • Find a health professional through a referral from your GP (doctor).
  • Check out the list of services below or download our information sheet which contains this information. These are just a sample of the support services available to you and your family.
  • Create wallet cards for you and your child or program numbers into your phones. Make a ‘support hand’ for you and your child to reassure them you’ll both have someone to call on when you need to talk problems through.

Get support now

  • MensLine | Online support, information and referral service, relationship problems — 24 hour confidential telephone support call 1300 78 99 78
  • Lifeline | 24 hour confidential telephone support — call 13 11 13
  • beyondblue | Information about depression and anxiety
  • Black Dog Institute | Information about mood disorders
  • Parentline  | Support, counselling and parent education — 1300 30 1300 from 8am-10pm, 7 days a week
  • Raising Children Network | Information on child development, behaviour, health, nutrition, fitness, play, learning, communication, education, entertainment, sleep and safety — from newborns to teens
  • |  Online youth mental health service
  • Read the Signs | Guide to seeking help
  • Relationships Australia |  Relationship support services for individuals, families and communities
  • SANE Australia Helpline | Helpline and details on signs and syptoms of mental illness
  • Strong Bonds | Information for family members, carers or friends worried about a young person

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