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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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This information was originally published on healthdirect - COPMI – Children of Parents with a Mental Illness.

Last reviewed: February 2020

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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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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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Helping the parent

Helping your loved one to get help if they have a mental illness. Sources of professional help.

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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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For dads

Information in fact sheets for dads who experience mental illness (or mental health problems) or who have partners who do.

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For grandparents

Advice for grandparents who are caring for a grandchild when their parent experiences mental illness. Tips and resources that can help when a grandkid comes to stay.

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Videos to help you talk about depression/anxiety

These videos are for parents, to help you talk about your depression or anxiety with your child and family. There's a section for parents to view on their own first, then a section to watch with your children.

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Talking about mental illness with your child

Information for parents on talking to your child about your mental illness.

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About coping

About coping with the mental illness of a loved one - advice for family and friends.

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Talking to toddlers & pre-schoolers

About talking to your toddler or pre-school child about your mental illness or mental health problem.

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