January eNews 2016

This month


Order free COPMI resources for the new year

Professionals in mental health and allied health areas: Prepare for the new year by stocking up on copies of COPMI materials for your workplace.

Resources are available to provide to parents living with mental illness, families, carers and supporters. Some materials can also be used to support your practice and operations. Download now or order paper copies (at no cost within Australia).

>Browse resources here

Resources in hard copy include:

  • Free DVD for parents with depression/anxiety – to help parents talk with their children about depression/anxiety
  • Various booklets – for parents living with mental illness, their partners and families

Downloadable resources include:

  • Information sheets on talking about mental illness with children – for different age groups
  • Care plan templates – for ‘Baby’, ‘Kids & Young People’ and ‘Family’ situations
  • Checklists – for inpatient and community mental health services
  • Professional resources – including practice guidelines and reflective exercises

Order your copies now


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 About Children’ (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.

Learning is easy – and available 24/7

The course includes practical video demonstrations, implementation guides and video reflections from parents and professionals who have participated in the Let’s Talk 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 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 short video on the advantages of taking the course (from practitioners themselves)!

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 associations.  


Strengthening your child’s support network

Having access to supportive relationships can help a child to thrive. These relationships can also help parents and strengthen the whole family when a parent experiences mental illness.

The ‘My child’s support network’ guide has been developed in partnership with parents who live with a mental illness, their children and supporters. It aims to help parents think about the relationships in their child’s life and ways to strengthen these to support their child and family.

Use of the guide

The guide is designed to be used separately for each child in the family. The three steps include:

  • Step 1: Identify the closest relationships in a child’s life.
  • Step 2: Consider the role of each of these relationships in a child’s life and how these connections could be strengthened, so that they can be used in tough times, or during times of major change.
  • Step 3: Offer a child the ‘My connections’ worksheet to help them identify the people in their life that they feel comfortable to contact if they need or want to. Invite them to keep the completed worksheet in a safe place.

Access the guide now


Emerging Minds – An invitation  

The COPMI national initiative’s parent body, Emerging Minds, is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, teens and their families.

If you are a mental health or allied health professional who is interested in a broad range of topics and resources related to the mental health of infants, children, adolescents and families, we invite you to follow Emerging Minds via the links below and to subscribe to a monthly news email.


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