eNews March 2014

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COPMI in practice: A school example

COPMI asked Australian schools to share how they support children at school when their parent (or parents) experience mental illness.

Read about Gladesville Primary School in Victoria – a KidsMatter school that shares how they have been able to embed child and family-sensitive practice in their environment. We hope that their strategies provide inspiration and ideas to other schools who can emulate their great work.

>Read about COPMI in practice at Gladesville Primary

KidsMatter relationship a key

One of the keys to Gladesville Primary School’s success was working with KidsMatter Primary, a children’s mental health and wellbeing initiative for Australian primary schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services.

KidsMatter has already helped more than 1,800 schools to promote good mental health in children and to identify and prevent mental health issues. In fact, an independent evaluation of KidsMatter showed significant improvements in student mental health, wellbeing and even schoolwork.

KidsMatter supports parents and carers too

As a child’s home life has a big effect on their wellbeing, KidsMatter supports parents and their carers too. They provide numerous resources to families and a wide range of information sheets spanning more than 40 topics. This includes information sheets specifically for parents and carers on their mental health and for families on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

KidsMatter also has a growing suite of resources for health and community professionals to support relationship-building with schools and ECEC services. In particular, professionals may find KidsMatter’s new eLearning package useful to teach school staff and early childhood educators skills regarding connecting with families.

Share your COPMI-in-practice success stories

Do you have a great example of COPMI in practice? We’d love to hear from you about how you support children and families where parents are experiencing a mental illness, in whatever your setting may be. Email copmi@copmi.net.au with your contact details and you will then be contacted for futher information.


New COPMI posters: Order yours

COPMI has new posters that have been designed to help promote the free information and resources that are available from the COPMI website. They have been designed for display in reception areas, on community notice boards and in service spaces.

The designs appeal to different groups, listed. 

  • Poster for families
  • Poster for parents (featuring dads)
  • Poster for parents (featuring mum)
  • Poster for youth
  • Order from this page

*The Dad’s posters and ‘Keeping in Touch in Hospital’ posters are not available for order in hard copy, however they can be downloaded and printed.

Order yours now

  • Order from this page (maximum 5 posters). Need more? Just call the office or send an email and we’ll post what you need within Australia.

A reminder…

COPMI also has new flyers for the groups listed above – and you can order these to share in your service aswell. 

Please share!

If you like our resources, why not share them with other organisations that are involved with parents, youth, carers or health professionals.

COPMI appreciates your help in building awareness of the resources available for families where a parent is experiencing mental illness.


Victoria’s story

An adult reflects on her experience of growing up with mental illness  

Victoria is an adult child who grew up with a mother who experienced mental illness. Now in her 40s and a mother herself, she has just written her account of the lifelong impact of parental mental illness, and what she has learned. 

Our sincere thanks go to Victoria for her her courage and honesty in sharing her story. We hope it will benefit other people with lived experience and health professionals alike. 

Note: As you read this story, please be aware that it is one person’s personal experience of living with mental illness. Stories of lived experience are shared by COPMI in order to give you a glimpse into other people’s lives and to help people who have similar experiences recognise that they are not alone. These stories should not be read as definitive descriptions of mental illness and are not intended to be for educational purposes. 


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