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COPMI - Keeping Families in Mind

Promoting better mental health outcomes for Children of Parents with a Mental Illness

May 2013

Sharing learnings from the US


World-leading child mental health intervention expert, Dr. William Beardslee is in Australia later this month to participate in a series of workshops.

He will be sharing the latest research in effective preventative interventions for children of parents with a mental illness.


No-cost DVD for parents and mental health professionals


If you're a parent experiencing depression and/or anxiety, or a mental health professional working with these parents:

Access a complimentary DVD that helps open family discussion about mental illness. This has been shown to increase child and family resilience, and decrease the risk to children of developing their own mental health issues.


Webinars about families living with parental mental illness


COPMI have contributed to two Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) webinars, featuring interdisciplinary panel discussions reviewing contemporary case studies, with a focus on families living with parental mental illness.


An open letter to health professionals


View an open letter sent to us by a mother living with mental health issues. The appeal to health professionals urges them to consider the issues that mental health terminology can raise.



Quick links


COPMI Research Symposium


Call for Abstracts

Professionals: A fabulous Sydney event opportunity:

'Children, families and parental mental illness - Evaluation and research symposium.'

Call for abstracts by 31st May.

More here


Families where someone experiences Schizophrenia


-Are you over 16 years?

-Are you living (or have you lived) in a family where someone experiences schizophrenia?

The Queensland University of Technology is offering 2 x $50 ColesMyer gift vouchers for feedback on your experiences (via online questionnaires).

More here


NT Smiles Program Training


Professionals in the Northern Territory

SMILES Program Facilitation Training (Simplifying Mental Illness plus Life Enhancement Skills)

For those working with young carers affected by mental health problems within the family.

Details here


TheMHS - Pre-Conference Workshop


The Mental Health Services Conference

Early alert:

Don't miss the pre-conference workshop Tuesday 20 August:

'Putting families and children at the centre of recovery'

People with lived experience and professionals are invited to explore how services and families have successfully taken a family-driven approach in mental health care in Australia - and to identify practical next steps for the future.

Registration shortly: $90 full fare or $45 concession.

More here