eNews January 2013

Family Focus Launch

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Family Focus Launch

Family Focus DVD Launch

Our Family Focus DVD launch on Tuesday was a huge success and received a glowing endorsement from Federal Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler. Thanks to the Minister and his communications team there has been a lot of media interest that has helped spread the word about this Australian-first resource for parents with depression /anxiety.

The true credibility behind promotion of Family Focus comes from the wonderful parents from our Lived Experience National Forum and mental health professionals on our National Reference Group who volunteered to promote the DVD publically.

Thank you Colleen, John, Fred, Dr Kowalenko, Dr Jessop and Associate Professor Darryl Maybery for their terrific work promoting Family Focus through national press, TV and radio.

The Family Focus ‘Say Hear Mean’ radio commercials are playing on 96FM Perth, Mix 106.5 Sydney, Mix 101.1 Melbourne, 97.3 FM Brisbane and Mix 102.3 Adelaide. Thanks to the amazing support from Clemenger BDO Adelaide who created the ads as a pro bono service to the community. The ads and the supporting television ‘community service announcement’ were reviewed by parents with lived experience of depression and anxiety and have generated quite a bit of interest publically.

Have you ordered your free Family Focus DVD?

If you’re a parent with depression / anxiety, or a health professional who works with this group, order your free DVDs now.

>Health professionals – order here.

>General public – order here.

Help spread the word

You can help us spread the message by sharing www.familyfocusdvd.com.au through your organisation or personal networks.

Let parents experiencing depression/anxiety know that the Family Focus DVD is available for free to everone within Australia. Open family discussion can help reduce the risks to over one million Australian children who live with a parent who has depression or anxiety and are at risk of developing their own mental health problems.

Thank you for your help!

Order free COPMI materials for the new year 

Professionals in mental health and allied health areas: You may like to prepare for the new year with copies of COPMI materials for your workplace.

COPMI offer these materials free of charge, so that you can provide them to parents with mental illness, families, carers and supporters. Some materials can also be used to support your operations (such as the checklists below).

Available resources include:

  • Free DVD for parents with depression/anxiety – on building child and family resilience.
  • Fact sheets for Dads – on how to parent better when you or your partner have a mental illness.
  • Fact 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.
  • Various booklets – for parents living with mental illness, their partners and families.

>View COPMI materials available and download pdf versions

>View translated fact sheets and booklets – in 7 languages

>Order your paper copy materials here


‘Let’s talk about the children’ update

A two-day visit to the Bouverie Centre in Victoria by Brad Morgan (Workforce Development Officer) and Sarah Horwood (Online Communications) focused on consulting with health professionals and parents with lived experience on their involvement with the ‘Let’s talk about the children’ program.

‘Let’s talk’ was originally developed and has been widely used in Finland. It consists of a series of collaborative discussions between parents and a worker regarding parenting and children and has been evaluated as being of benefit to both parents and their children.

COPMI has been funded to develop an online training resource for health professionals in the ‘Let’s talk’ program, which has been piloted in both Victoria and Queensland. Participants in both states have now provided COPMI with invaluable insights from these experiences.

We would like to thank The Bouverie Centre, the health professionals and parents with lived experience who met with us in November and generously shared their thoughts and ideas. We also thank the staff from Queensland who participated in a follow-up teleconference and shared their insights and thoughts.

We have commenced writing course content and are planning further consultations for the ‘Let’s Talk’ course that will be produced throughout 2013 and pilot-tested later in the year.


Meet our new Lived Experience Forum members

COPMI has recently elected members for the new national Lived Experience Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to engage people with lived experience of mental illness (consumers and carers) and use their experiences and perspectives to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of the COPMI project.

The newly elected Forum members for 2012 to 2014 bring a broad range of experiences and knowledge. They include:

  • being a parent with a mental illness
  • being the partner of a parent with a mental illness
  • being a young person with a parent with a mental illness
  • being an adult child of a parent with a mental illness
  • being a grandparent carer
  • being from an intact family
  • being from a single-parent family
  • being from a rural or regional area
  • culturally and linguistically diverse background perspectives
  • a wide variety of mental health and other family experiences.

Members are already working with COPMI on several projects. Learn more about the role of the Forum and the newly elected members



Conference update

4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Brad Morgan (Workforce Development Officer), Mandy Barlow (COPMI Communications Officer) and Cecelia Kluge (Lived Experience Representative) hosted a booth at the Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium that was held in Adelaide during November.

The conference provided an opportunity to promote COPMI resources (including the new Family Focus online training, our improved website, father’s information resources and a range of other COPMI materials) to the rural mental health workforce.

The conference presentations and networking opportunities also provided valuable information regarding the range of programs and services available in rural communities. This will assist COPMI with the goal of establishing information pathways within rural areas and extending the reach of COPMI messages to rural and regional families.


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