Redbank House

Redbank House

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI):

  • This is a joint initiative between the child, youth & adult mental health service. Children of parents experiencing mental illness are now widely acknowledged as being at very high risk for a range of adverse health, social, educational and relationship outcomes. These risks are evident across the lifespan and across generations. This cohort of families therefore represents a good target for early intervention.
  • The Clinic arose as part of the local service response to the NSW Health Policy Directive (PD2010_037). It provides comprehensive assessment and recommendations for families where a parent has a mental illness and a significant carer role for dependent children under the age of 18 years. It aims to assist adult mental health teams to enhance outcomes for these families and increase collaborative practice between adult and child and adolescent mental health services.