Authors: Rose Cuff, Helen Mildred, Liz Short, Ian Oliver
Event: 1998 TheMHS Conference
Subject: mental health service, community support service, book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Parents in Partnership was developed as a service in the recognition that the needs of parents with a mental illness are not well met. The project undertook a consultation process with women who have a mental illness in order to understand more fully what supports they need. From this process a number of parent support/discussion groups were established and co-facilitated by mental health and family support workers. A second initiative was consumer run training for mental health and other workers on issues which affect these. Qualitative and quantitative information showed the importance to women of meeting other parents and having a safe respectful, place to discuss parenting issues in the context of having a mental illness. The women also reported an increase in worker recognition and validation of them as parents. In conclusion, due to its success the project will be continued and enhanced to better meet the needs of families in which a parent has a mental illness.