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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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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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Prevention Services and Helplines Search

The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness national initiative (COPMI) creates mental health information and resources for Australian parents with mental illness and mental health problems, their children, families, carers and health professionals who work with them.

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Evaluating your intervention

Information and resources to assist professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions related to children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI).

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Your support networks

Parenting can be hard. If you experience mental illness it's extra important to have some close relationships and networks (your 'village') to help you to raise your children and provide support when you're unwell.

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Parenting with a mental illness

This page provides a starting-point for parents who experience mental illness. Find pages of information that can help to support you and your family.

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Helping my child and family

If you are a parent experiencing mental illness, there are lots of ways that you can help your child and family. The pages in this section are offered as guides to what may be useful as planning or talking tools for you and your family.

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Why does my parent have a mental illness?

About the causes of mental illness, and what to do if you're worried you may have a mental illness or mental health problems.

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Working with parents

Advice for youth and community workers - when you work with parents who experience mental illness, their partners or carers.

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Kids & young people

It can be hard when your parent has a mental illness. But you're not alone. And there is lots of info here that can help you to understand your parent's mental illness.

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Keeping connected when you're unwell (or in hospital)

Information and ideas for parents with mental illness on how to keep connected with your child when you're unwell or in hospital.

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