eNews February 2015

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Adult mental health professionals: Conversations that make a difference

Professionals – have you completed training in the ‘Let’s Talk About Children’ method?

The evidence-based method delivers demonstrated outcomes for parents, children and families. It supports healthy parent-child relationships, promotes protective factors for child wellbeing and assists professionals to talk with parents about parenting and parent-child relationships.

‘Let’s Talk’ trains professionals to have a brief, structured discussion with parents who have a mental illness (or mental health problems) about parenting and their child’s needs. It gives them a space where they can explore the wellbeing and development of their child, and how they understand their parent’s mental illness.

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The course includes practical video demonstrations, implementation guides plus video reflections from parents and professionals who have participated in the method. It also includes a booklet for parents to take home offering ideas and strategies about how to strengthen resilience in their child and family, and a booklet for teenagers that parents can choose to share with children aged 12 to 15 years. 

Let’s Talk provides numerous benefits to professionals and families alike: Watch a small clip on the advantages of taking the course (from the mouths of practitioners!).

The best news?

The course is free!

It’s also professionally endorsed and can be used to accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points with several professional institutitions.  

Can you share this information?

We ask you to help us to spread the word about this course by passing the link below on to relevant networks that can take advantage of the free skills training. http://aicafmha.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/B67000E371AD1DB9 

Our sincere thanks.

Webinar and resource series on parental mental illness in Feb/March

A series of Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) resources will be released during February and March on supporting families where a parent has a mental illness.

The resources provide information and analysis, and highlight effective practice for professionals supporting families where a parent has a mental illness.

They include: 


The webinar will be presented by COPMI national initiative Director, Brad Morgan, and Statewide Coordinator for the Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) strategy, Rose Cuff.  

We encourage you to reserve your place at this event now. We would also appreciate professionals sharing this information with as many relevant organisations and networks as possible.


Encouraging young people to seek help when needed

The COPMI national initiative recognises the importance of encouraging young people with a parent who experiences mental illness to seek help when they need it. As a result, we developed information for parents, teenagers, professionals and secondary schools on how to enhance help-seeking skills in youth.

Input regarding this information was provided by young people with parents who experience mental illness, organisations and professionals who work directly with young people. Based on their advice, website information and associated fact sheets were developed for each audience.

We encourage you to share these links as widely as possible. 

Online information:

For parents:

For professionals: 

For teenagers:

For secondary schools:

Evidence-based research on help-seeking:

Professionals may also be interested in reading the GEMS (‘Gateway to Evidence that Matters’) evidence-based research summary that the COPMI national initiative produced on help-seeking amongst young people:

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Valuable resources for inpatient settings

Staying connected with children and loved ones when a parent is in an inpatient setting can be beneficial for family members. The ‘Keeping in touch with your children menu’ (and associated practice guidelines) are designed for use within any adult acute psychiatric inpatient unit in Australia.

The resources, developed by the Northern Area Mental Health Service Victoria, are available for free. Read about how they support children and families where a parent has a mental illness on this page.


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