Authors: Central Coast Children & Young People’s Mental Health
Event: 2011 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Winner
Award category: Mental Health Promotion or Mental Illness Prevention Program or Project
Abstract: Literature identifies that mental health problems can impact on parenting roles and subsequently children’s behaviour. Additionally, evidence is lacking regarding the effectiveness and application of skills based parenting programs for parents with mental illness. Consultation with parents with mental illness found many felt isolated, guilty and worried about the impact of their mental health problems on their children. Parents were reluctant to join mainstream parent programs; those that had were still left "not knowing what to do". To address this Central Coast Children and Young People’s Mental Health developed the Mental Health and Parenting: Parent Group Program. This innovative program is based on the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. Two additional modules addressing the impact of mental health on parenting and common issues for children are included. A home visit component assists parents to implement positive parenting strategies. The evaluation showed the needs of parents with a mental illness were met and their parenting style improved. Description of Facility/Organisation: Central Coast Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CC CYPMH) is a specialist youth mental health service within Central Coast Local Health Network. CC CYPMH provides mental health services for young people 12-24 years across the Central Coast region. CC CYPMH employs 51 FTE staff from a range of professional backgrounds, providing clinical services and mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention. Within the prevention team there is 1 FTE Prevention worker (Parenting & Children of parents with a Mental Illness) and 1FTE Prevention worker (Parenting and Perinatal Infant Mental Health). Annually CC CYPMH receives core funding from NSW heath totalling $2,460,958 and special projects funding totalling $1,622,012.