eNews June 2015

In this edition


COPMI website improvements

The COPMI national initiative invites you to visit our website to view its enhanced appearance and content.

Popular areas of the website have been retained and content has been consolidated. Importantly, the site has also been optimised for viewing on mobile phones and tablets. 

In a first ‘phase’ of improvements, new information and resources have been added to the parents, kids & young people, family & friends and professionals’ pages.

In the coming months, COPMI will be adding further new content (including a video-based ‘family toolkit’ for parents). Updates will be provided via future editions of this eNews email.

If you have any feedback, please email us. We would appreciate your comments.


A new evidence-based research summary 

The COPMI national initiative has just published a new ‘GEMS’ (Gateway to Evidence that Matters) publication – a short, two-page summary of evidence-based research for professionals.

This GEMS focuses on the concept of family resilience and the processes that underpin it. It is suggested that it provides a useful theoretical framework for a strengths-based, family-inclusive approach and highlights how mental health professionals can promote it within families.


Supporting infants and toddlers of parents with a mental illness

This introductory COPMI eLearning course takes only one to two hours to complete. It has been produced for professionals working with parents who experience mental illness and have infants and young children. It extends the introductory ‘Keeping Families and children in mind’ eLearning course.

Content includes information about:

  • the impact of mental illness on the family throughout the antenatal period
  • attachment and infant-toddler development
  • the principles of sensitive communication with parents regarding the needs of their children
  • strategies to support families.

Practical video demonstrations are included in the course to illustrate putting concepts into practice, plus video interviews with reflections from both parents and professionals.

Access the course now


To access all course features you will require:

  • broadband internet access
  • an up to date version of your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)
  • a flash player (download Adobe Flash Player for free here).



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