Supporting young people affected by the mental illness of a parent or sibling
To create a supportive environment for young people affected by parental mental illness which allows them to be identified, understood and to receive explanations for their parents’ condition, its causes and treatment, to better manage their role at home and in school and in a way which builds their resilience, reduces their risk of developing mental health conditions as adults and improves their life outcomes.
1) To identify and provide explanation-based interventions to children affected by parental mental illness
2) To inform and train education and healthcare professionals to identify and support children affected by parental mental illness
3) To lobby for proper recognition of children affected by parental mental illness and their needs
4) To work with external groups such as peers and parents to build understanding of the needs of children affected by parental mental illness
1. To support and develop methods to help children and young people who have parents with mental illness.
2. To educate professional staff of different disciplines, as well as the general public, about the needs of the children of parents with mental illness.
3. To develop educational tools and interventions to raise awareness of the needs of the children of parents with mental illness, and to counteract stigma.