If you have children and experience a mental health issue, you may worry about how your illness might affect them. First, understand you are not alone as more than a million Australian children have a parent with a mental illness.
You might be aware that your child has a higher risk of developing a mental illness themselves. Genetic inheritance and other factors like attitudes and the family environment can affect their development and wellbeing. However, statistically, they have a greater chance of not developing a mental illness.
But your child can lead a happier, healthier life, if the illness is acknowledged and understood, if you seek supports (for your illness, for yourself as a parent and for them) and if you can talk to them about the issues.
Read more here, if you're worried about your child's mental health.
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