The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative promotes better mental health outcomes for children of parents with a mental illness. We spoke with Bradley Morgan, COPMI Director, about the support available for families touched by parental mental illness.
How does COPMI help Australian families?
“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. We develop information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends – along with online training courses for professionals – to support families either individually or through community services and programs.”
How many Australian parents and carers are affected by mental illness?
How are children – and families – most affected by parental mental illness?
What does KidsMatter offer these families?
Walk us through some of the COPMI resources for children, young adults, parents and carers, and professionals.
- Resources for parents and carers: Information for mums and dads, grandparents and others; a directory of programs and services in local areas; a dad’s section with video tips and discussion; tips on how to talk to children and young people; and ideas on strengthening resilience in children.
- Resources for families and friends: Understanding mental illness; how to help your loved one; how to support young people in the family; and coping strategies/suggestions.
- Resources for kids and teens/young adults: Learn about mental illness; tips from other young people; how to help mum or dad; and cool video messages and fun stuff.
- Resources for professionals who work with families: Guidance for professionals in a range of settings; free interactive eLearning courses; evidence-based information and research; support for the development of policies, practices and processes; and evaluation tools and research information.”