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COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

The aim of COPMI is to foster better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness, reduce stigma associated with parental mental illness, and help friends, family and workers identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness exists.

It is estimated that over 1 million Australian children (or up to 23%) from birth to 18 years of age have at least one parent with a mental illness.

COPMI develops information for parents, their partners, carers, children, family and friends – along with online training courses for professionals – to support families either individually or through community services and programs.

All of these resources are developed under the guidance of people who share the experience of living in families where mental illness is a part of family life, and of leading researchers and service providers in the mental health field.

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Last reviewed: June 2015

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'Let's talk about children' eLearning course

About online training in the evidence-based 'Let's talk about children' method. The eLearning course helps professionals to support parenting and child wellbeing when a parent is living with mental illness.

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Emergency services

Advice for emergency services (police, fire and ambulance officers) about how to help children when their parent is experiencing mental illness. Some simple gestures can make a huge difference to the child and their family.

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Communicating with babies

How you communicate with your baby is important, particularly when you're a parent who experiences mental illness. Advice and tips that can help.

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Managing household chores

Information for parents about managing household chores when you're unwell with a mental illness, and dealing with changing roles within the family.

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Talking to children of primary school age

Information and advice about talking to children who are of primary school age about your mental illness or mental health problem.

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What works?

About what works: Educational resources to help professionals to understand current and emerging evidence in the COPMI area.

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Inpatient mental health services

Advice and information for inpatient mental health services, to help workers respond to the needs of parents with mental illness, their children and families.

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Working with parents

Advice for child protection workers when working with parents who experience mental illness, their partners and carers.

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About 'care plans'

Information about writing a 'care plan' in case you have a mental health crisis and the family needs support.

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Family law

Advice and resources for family law practitioners when they work with families where a parent experiences a mental illness.

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