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Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) launch new videos

25 August 2015
A new series of videos has been launched to help young people who have a parent who is experiencing a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.

A new series of videos has been launched to help young people who have a parent who is experiencing a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. The aim of the videos is to help young people understand how a mental health condition can affect their parent(s)  behaviour.

The videos, from the organisation, Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI), include basic information on what mental illness is, how people recover from mental illness and how young people can look after their own mental health.

There are also specific videos which focus on the signs and symptoms of a range mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorder and eating disorders.

The videos were produced by young people who have lived with a parent with a mental health condition, and include tips and advice based on the young people’s experiences.

If you’re a young person living with a parent who has a mental illness, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. One in five young people is in this position, and there is information available to help you understand what’s going on and where to find support if you need it.

Watch the new videos on the COPMI website here, or watch an overview of the videos below.

If you want to talk to a mental health professional about your situation, you can call the beyondblue Support Service 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or you can chat live online (3pm to midnight AEST) via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-suppport.

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