TITAN
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  | 

New Resource to Help Parents with Mental Illness


Tuesday, 15th January 2013 at 3:28 pm
Staff Reporter
A new DVD to help parents with mental illness talk to their children about their condition has been launched by the Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler.

Tuesday, 15th January 2013
at 3:28 pm
Staff Reporter


1 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
New Resource to Help Parents with Mental Illness
Tuesday, 15th January 2013 at 3:28 pm

A new DVD to help parents with mental illness talk to their children about their condition has been launched by the Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler.

The DVD, Family Focus, was developed by Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) in collaboration with a number of Australian health professionals.

On launching the resource, Butler said it is estimated that over a million children live in families where a parent has depression or anxiety.

“Up to 23 per cent of children live in a household where mental illness is experienced and these children face some unique challenges,” Butler said.

“We know that these children are at greater risk of developing a mental health or substance abuse issues.”

Health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and researchers, and Australian parents and children with lived experience of parental depression/anxiety are reported to have been involved with the process.

Chair of the Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Mental Health Association Phil Robinson said that the launch of the DVD is a “huge step” in mental health prevention.

“Depression and anxiety affects the whole family. Children will notice changes in their parent but won’t necessarily understand and that’s why it’s important to talk about it with them,” Robinson said.

“When parents talk openly about mental illness with their children, they are much more resilient to developing mental health problems themselves.”

National depression Not for Profit beyondblue is supporting the launch by helping to provide 50,000 free copies to the public.

Psychiatrist and board director of beyondblue Associate Professor Michael Baigent said: “A dilemma many parents face is deciding whether to talk about their experiences of depression and anxiety with their children; and if so, what they should say.”

“Family Focus highlights the importance of talking about mental illness with children and helps parents start the conversation.

“This DVD is the first Australian resource of its kind that helps parents communicate with their children about their mental illness,” Baigent said.

DVDs are available from www.familyfocusdvd.com.au




Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

One Comment

  • rogerbarnes says:

    It is very difficult for the children to communicate with their parents with mental illness. It affects their mental conditions and it can create a kind of depression. So I think this DVD will be very useful in this regard. The parents will be able to communicate with their kids about their condition that can give positive results.

    abandoned child

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Questions Raised Over Mental Health Inquiry

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 8th October 2018 at 5:31 pm

Mental Illness a Leading Cause of Disability for Australian Women

Luke Michael

Friday, 9th March 2018 at 12:43 pm

$110M Package Tackles Anxiety and Depression Among Young Australians

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at 8:46 am

The Journey to Find Mr Perfect

Lina Caneva

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 at 8:10 am

POPULAR

Psychosocial Disability Stream Added to NDIS

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 5:07 pm

Making Tourism More Inclusive For All

Luke Michael

Monday, 8th October 2018 at 5:24 pm

Caution Needed Over Autism Diagnosis Guidelines

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 5:25 pm

Resilient Families Becomes First SBB to Mature in Australia

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 4:57 pm

TITAN
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!