Authors: Jill Steverson and Judith Simons , NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: ACROSS THE LIFESPAN,SOCIAL JUSTICE, Parenting
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Ulladulla is a small regional coastal community in the Southern NSW with a high level of single parents with mental illness and multiple disadvantage. The PHaMs program in Ulladulla has a disproportionate number of participants who are single mothers with children, compared with other regional areas. Against a background of severe depression or mental illness, some of these single mothers (and in a few cases single fathers) are struggling with multiple issues of parenting sometimes disabled or ill children, custody and access issues, together with housing and economic hardship. Some participants may have several children with different partners. In the last decade more coordinated support has been provided to this group to reduce numbers of separated families and children being taken into care. The PHaMs service has been welcomed into part of this coordinated support with Dept of Community Services. The PHaMs objective is to work collaboratively and creatively with these complex issues with parenting plans and support systems to help the single parent increase their skills, confidence and individuality and help the person keep their family together.