eNews February 2014

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We need your help!

Parents & Professionals – can you spare some time?


If you experience a mental illness (or have recently) and have dependent children, you could help COPMI by offering your time to review two new booklets: One for parents and one for teenagers (12 to 15 years old).

Your feedback could provide valuable guidance for COPMI to change the booklets to benefit families who will use them in the future.


We are looking for participants to trial and provide feedback on a new eLearning course and supporting resources.

The course is for mental health service providers, to train them in implementing the brief ‘Let’s Talk About Children’ intervention with parents attending mental health services.

If the resource is relevant to your current or future work we would be grateful for your feedback.

  • Find out more and express your interest here (see project number 3).

We thank you for your interest and time. If you know of any parents or professionals that may be able to help with the above – please forward this information to them.


Dad and sonCOPMI awareness-raising campaign – get involved!

COPMI will be hitting the airwaves this month as we launch a two-week radio and print-based awareness campaign in several rural/remote locations. The aim is to reach more families and professionals in rural areas. 

The campaign focuses on seven key centres: Spencer Gulf, Murray Bridge, Dubbo, Bega, Bundaberg, Alice Springs and Darwin, with a Western Australia-focused campaign commencing in mid-March.

COPMI materials will start to be available at key locations such as GP surgeries and medical centres, Medicare Local bases, community centres and local organisations. They are available to download, order in hard copy, or print from your computer.

Can you help?

We’d love your assistance to spread the word about our resources for families and mental health professionals. There are a couple of great ways that you can get involved:

• Set up a COPMI display at your office or clinic
• Distribute COPMI materials to key groups in your local area
• Pop a note about COPMI in your organisation’s eNewsletter – we have even drafted some content for you (see below).

If you would like to help, COPMI would love to hear from you and will happily provide posters and flyers for display or distribution. Order here or contact Communications Coordinator Jocelyn Marsland on marslandj@copmi.net.au or (08) 8367 0888.

Here’s what you can send to people in relevant networks:

Free resources for families impacted by a parent’s mental illness – plus resources/training for professionals

The Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative develops innovative information and resources for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of children of parents with a mental illness.

They also produce free, high-quality, evidence-based online training courses and resources for professionals who support these families.

Please help to spread the word about what COPMI has to offer: All of their materials are free, including postage within Australia.

Visit their website now: www.copmi.net.au.

Thank you for your help in reaching more Australian families who need support – we appreciate it.


Face-to-face trainingFamily Focus Training

COPMI is offering a small number of face-to-face workshops in the evidence-based Family Focus intervention. Modelled on the work of world-leading child mental health expert, Dr William Beardslee, it is proven to build resilience in the children of parents with depression or anxiety.

The new training offers interaction as a group as COPMI provide introductory information about the the Family Focus approach, preparing mental health professsionals to offer the intervention to families. It complements free online training already available via the COPMI website.

The course is recommended for experienced clinical mental health professionals: appropriately trained psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and general practitioners.

Interested in building readiness to become a provider of Family Focus?

Join a planned training day

Tasmania: Family Focus Training will be held in

  • Devonport – Wednesday, 26 March
  • Hobart – Thursday, 27 March

South Australia:

  • Adelaide – Friday, 11 April 

For further information contact the COPMI national initiative on: (08) 8367 0888 or email copmi@copmi.net.au


Family-Centred Services report  

COPMI has just released the final report on our Family-Centred Services project, which explored the nature of user-driven services and how they can be achieved.

The report includes the outcomes and recommendations from the Mental Health Services (TheMHS) pre-conference workshop ‘Putting Families and Children at the Centre of Recovery’. It was planned and facilitated in August 2013 by COPMI National Lived Experience Forum members.

Guest speaker presentations from the workshop, participant recounts, and the workshop workbook and reading list are also available on our website.

We want you to participate

We encourage you to view and download COPMI’s visual representations of family-centred service and contribute your own experiences to the ongoing conversation about what family-centred services means for your family or workplace.



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