Authors: Eleanor Fowler, Victoria and Debra Parker, VIC
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Children of Parents with a Mental Illness,CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES,CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS,FAMILY/CARER ISSUES
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Concurrent groups for parents with mental illness and their 8 to 12-year-old children have been run in the North East area of Melbourne. This paper will describe how groups aim to strengthen and support these families. (Commonwealth of Australia, 2004.) The children’s group worked towards of increasing children’s knowledge of mental illness, their coping strategies and their social connectedness. To achieve this, we have focussed on play, using creative media such as cartoon making, art, use of masks and video making. The parents’ group enabled participants to share ideas and experiences with other parents with a mental illness in a safe and friendly environment.