COPMI program, CYMHS (Child and Youth Mental Health Service) – Brisbane

Programs for children and youth of parents with a mental illness (peer support and education programs)

The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) program offers parents with mental illness (and/or substance misuse) and their children and families help and information through a range of interventions.

Our Program Coordinators can provide you with more information on the below.

  • A consultation/liaison service: We are available by email or phone to discuss COPMI services and link families in the first instance with CYMHS Community Clinics. We support the CYMHS clinicians by providing COPMI-related resources, organising programs or services as required.
  • Family sessions: We make it possible for parents and families to take the ‘Let’s talk about children’ and ‘Family Focus’ interventions. Both are evidence-based methods that involve discussing the impact of a parent’s mental illness on parenting, children and the family
  • Group programs: We run groups like Kidz Club (a primary school program) during the school holidays over two days. The Koping Adolescent Program (KAP) for high school students is currently run during school term, one day per week for three weeks duration.
  • Information and resources: We provide brochures, booklets and DVDs which are COPMI-related to parents and families who can benefit from them.

We also run training and education for professionals in the COPMI area, including professional development and supervision sessions for clinicians working with COPMI families.

Areas we service

See information about the areas throughout Brisbane that we can provide services to.

Professionals – referring families to this program? Information for referrers.
Please phone or email the COPMI Coordinators to discuss 2015 referral pathways.

Download Free COPMI Resources

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