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COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

COPMI promotes better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. The COPMI national initiative was launched by the Minister for Health in 1999 to develop prevention strategies leading to better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness.

Vision

Their vision is to increase awareness and uptake of the COPMI guidelines and resources among relevant individuals and services, to promote the education and training of health and other relevant workforces, and to increase the availability of resource materials for children, family members and other parties affected by parental mental illness.

How COPMI can help

The COPMI national initiative develops information for parents, their family and friends in support of kids and young people. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.

Their information is designed 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 in a range of settings identify and respond to the needs of the children and their families where parental mental illness exists.

COPMI resources are developed under the guidance of people who share the experience of living in families where parental mental illness is a part of family life, and of leading researchers and service providers in the mental health field. They also work with health care providers, community support groups, educators, service organisations and the media.

COPMI reports to the Emerging Minds Board who report on COPMI outcomes to the Australian Government's Department of Health. The COPMI initiative is funded by the Australian Government.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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What are eating disorders? #whatareeatingdisorders - YouTube

This video clip (what are #eatingdisorders?) has been created for young people (10 years and above) who have a parent with a #mentalillness. It has been desi...

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When you're at school

It can be hard at school if you have a parent with a mental illness. But you can get support from your teachers and school - and no one has to know.

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Helping the child

Some simple things can support children if their parent experiences mental illness. How you can help children in this situation.

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Advice from other young people

Helpful advice from other young people who have parents with mental illness. What they wanted to know when they first found out about their parent's mental health problems.

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Relevant resources

Resources and eLearning courses for early childhood workers who can help children and families where a parent has a mental illness.

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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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Starting the conversation

About starting a conversation about mental illness with your child and family. Tips to think about and advice about how to approach the discussion.

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What is depression? #whatisdepression - YouTube

This video clip (what is #depression?) has been created for young people (10 years and above) who have a parent with a #mentalillness. It has been designed t...

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'Child Aware supervision eLearning course

About the 'Child Aware supervision' eLearning course for professionals. The training is specifically for supervisors to learn about strategies that promote child and family-sensitive practice.

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Talking to teenagers

Information and advice on talking to teenagers about your mental illness or mental health problem.

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