eNews April 2015

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New evidence-based ‘GEMS’ research summary

‘Family Interventions in Adult Mental Health – the Interface with COPMI’

COPMI has just published the latest ‘GEMS’ (Gateways to Evidence that Matters) – a short, two-page summary of evidence-based research for professionals. The publication is designed to assist in guiding work and highlighting current research and practice gaps.

The latest paper summaries the evidence related to one group of family interventions, and their potential for adaption, incorporating useful features of COPMI interventions. View ‘quick facts’ on the side of the research article for an ultra-brief summary of the research and recommendations.



A child’s letter to a parent 

  • Written by Tanya Ward for the COPMI national initiative, this letter beautifully illustrates the breadth and depth of impact that a parent’s mental illness can have on a child. It also includes ideas about what can help a child through tough times.

    This is an important piece. If you read nothing else today, make it this.

    Read ‘A child’s letter to a parent’





 COPMI booklets: Order yours

For parents and familes – and professionals who work with them

The three COPMI booklets below are available to order at no cost. Each booklet was developed in conjunction with families who have a lived experience of parental mental illness (and also workers, academics and policy makers).



  • The Best for Me and My Baby was developed with and for women with a mental health problem or mental illness (and their partners) who are thinking about having a baby, are new parents or are about to have a baby. It encourages health professionals and parents to work together to manage mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood and provides tips for parents and for supporting family and friends.  
  • Family Talk contains information and tips for parents with mental health problems, their children, other family members and support people. Topics include answering questions, discussing things as a family and planning for times when the parent may be unwell. Also included are ‘press out’ cards for children and young people to use to record their important phone numbers.
  • Piecing the Puzzle Together is for people living with mental illness or a mental health problem whose children are aged between two and seven years. It contains helpful ideas about parenting when you’re unwell, and ways to support your child’s development during the early years.



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