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For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them

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DVD resources

The 'Family Focus' DVD

Many parents who experience depression or anxiety worry about whether they should talk with their children about their illness and how much they should say. The Family Focus DVD helps parents to start this conversation with their children.

'Family Talk' guide for professionals (for professionals only)

Family Talk guide for professionals

This guide provides information to professionals on how to use the Family Talk DVD as part of the Family Talk intervention (a three-step, evidence-based intervention designed to help families create a shared understanding of depression and/or anxiety.)

Intervention Guides

'When your parent has a mental illness'

This booklet is for teenagers of parents who experience mental illness (aged 12 to 15 years and above). It helps young people to better understand their parent’s mental illness, answering common questions that they have.

The resource has been produced alongside professionals, parents and young people with a lived experience of a parent's mental illness. Parents can choose to offer the guide to their children or practitioners can provide it to them when supporting parents and families.


Intervention Guides

'How can I help my child?'

This guide helps parents to reflect on their mental illness and symptoms (including the impact on their parenting and on the family) and offers practical tips on how to build child and family resilience.


My child's support network

My child's support network

The 'My child's support network' guide has been developed in partnership with parents who live with a mental illness, their children and supporters. It is designed to help parents think about the relationships in their child's life and ways to strengthen these to support their child and the family unit.


The Best For Me and My Baby booklet

This booklet was developed with and for women with a mental health condition or mental illness (and their partners) who are thinking about having a baby, are new parents or are about to have a baby. It encourages health professionals and parents to work together to manage mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood and provides tips for parents and for supporting family and friends. 



Family Talk booklet

Developed in partnership with families and young people, this booklet contains tips and information for parents with mental health problems, their children, other family members and support people. Topics include answering questions, discussing things as a family and planning for times when the parent may be unwell. Also included are 'press out' cards for children and young people to use to record their important phone numbers.



Piecing the Puzzle Together: Raising young people when mental illness is part of your life booklet

This booklet is for people living with a mental health problem or mental illness, whose children are aged between two and seven years. It’s also for partners, family and friends. It contains helpful ideas about being the best parent you can when you’re not as well as you’d like to be and ways to support your child’s development during their special early years. Produced in consultation with parents who have a lived experience of mental illness, their carers and supports, workers, academics and policy makers. A detachable care plan folder is included.


Helping To Piece The Puzzle Together - Early childhood worker's booklet

This is a resource that accompanies the 'Piecing the Puzzle Together' booklet. Produced for early childhood workers, it helps them work with children and families where a parent has a mental illness or mental health problem. It was produced with input from staff in childcare centres and junior primary education.

Additional support resources for educators can be found at the early childhood section of this website.

Supporting children of parents with a mental illness - A resource for primary school workers

Supporting children of parents with a mental illness - A resource for primary school workers

Information about how primary schools can help students and their families, when these children have a parent (or parents) who experience mental illness.

'Pathways of care' resource

'Pathways of care' resource

This is a resource that supports professionals and teams to reflect on the information resources, networks and supports available for children, parents and families.
It can be used by workers in different ways, including:

  • As an individual collaborating with a parent
  • As an worker researching on behalf of a parent who is not physically there
  • As an individual reflective exercise
  • As a collaborative team reflective exercise.

Principles and Actions for Services and People Working with Children of Parents with a Mental Illness booklet

This key document provides guidance for both organisations and individuals across a wide range of jurisdictions. It is the culmination of an extensive review of the literature and of consultations with parents who have a mental illness, their carers and children, service providers and experts.


Saving Francesca: Ideas for Secondary School Teachers booklet

This resource was developed as part of the COPMI national initiative's commitment to supporting teachers to develop student awareness of mental illness, reducing stigma, and increasing 'help seeking' behavior.


Just Being Me - middle-school teacher's booklet

This teaching resource was developed in conjunction with MindMatters. It offers a package of ideas for middle school teachers using 'Helicopter Man' or 'Lochie Leonard, Legend' as class texts.

Potential outcomes for students include increased understanding of mental illness and its affect on families, reduction in associated stigma and increased help-seeking behaviours.

Inpatient and Community Mental Health Service Checklists

Inpatient Mental Health Service Family Friendly Checklist

Check how 'family-friendly' your inpatient or community mental health services are by comparing them with these COPMI checklists. They have been developed from information provided by parents with a mental illness, their partners, support people and children as well as service providers.

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