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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Program to break cycle of family mental illness

A new intervention to reduce the inter-generational cycle of family mental illness will be launched at a one-day forum on 24 March 2015.

Research lead, Associate Professor Darryl Maybery of the School of Rural Health MUDRIH, said the new program – Let’s Talk About Children – can reduce the number of children who develop a mental illness by around 30 percent.

“We know that one in five families has a parent with a mental illness and many kids are at risk of developing a mental illness themselves,” said Associate Professor Maybery.

“Eleven studies from around the world show that this parenting-empowerment program significantly reduces the impact of a parental mental illness on children.”

The forum will bring together speakers from Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Canberra, the Bouverie Centre, Bradley Morgan of the national Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) initiative, and the Parenting Research Centre.

It is open to researchers and practitioners in the mental health field as well as people with a lived experience.

See the Let’s Talk About Children web page for details:


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