eNews February 2013

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Mental Health Professionals Webinar

Professionals in mental health and allied health areas can register now for the MHPN (Mental Health Professionals Network) Webinar “Working together, working better to support families living with parental mental illness“.

The MHPN establishes and supports interdisciplinary mental health networks across Australia and COPMI have partnered with them to produce a series of webinars on collaborative care for families living with parental mental illness.

Note that professionals can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points for participation. Visit the webinar page for more information.


Wednesday 20th February, 7:15pm – 8.30pm (AEDT)


From the convenience of any computer!


You can register online to be one of 300 live participants who can ask questions and interact with the panellists. Alternatively, why not just ‘tune in’ and follow the conversation by going to this page. We will provide a recording of the webinar a week after it is aired.


To fully prepare for participation, you are required to read the case study below on which the interdisciplinary panel discussion will be based. It describes the case of Riley, a teenage son of a mother diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder, and his behaviour at school. His mother Mandy is worried that he may inherit the illness and become unwell, and discusses this with her GP.

Riley – Case Study

Participants are also required to read the “Technical requirements and troubleshooting document for MHPN webinars“.


Information for family and friends

Information for Family and Friends

You may not be aware that the COPMI website has a section for family, extended family and friends of parents who experience mental illness.

This section of our wesbite offers information for those who want to learn more about how mental illness affects families, how to help their loved one, and how to support children in this environment.

You’ll find handy links at the bottom of each of the follow pages which offer further sources of complementary information on each topic.

Here’s what you’ll find:

The suggestions, information and advice in the above were developed under the guidance of people with lived experience of parental mental illness who we would like to acknowledge and thank.


Family Focus in the Media

The public launch of our ‘Family Focus’ DVD in January was a great success – spreading the word about our free DVD to help parents with depression and/or anxiety talk about it with their children and family.

We have now provided over 13,000 DVDs to families and professionals across Australia, and the campaign will continue to target specific audiences, particularly mental health professionals for free training.

We would like to thank our valued lived experience experts who are part of the Lived Experience Forum, aswell as mental health professionals on our National Reference Group who are helping to promote the DVD.  Here is a sample of news items featuring our lived experience experts:

Thank you also to Clemenger BDO Adelaide who created our radio advertising and to Donna Jayne PR who both offered pro bono service to the community. Clemenger is kind enough to be organising another longer audio advertising piece for us in order to continue our campaign and strengthen the message. Stay tuned for this!

For those who haven’t yet ordered a DVD, or want to order another, see www.familyfocusdvd.com.au.
Professionals can access free training in the intervention here.

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