Surviving Parents With Mental Illness

SPECIAL WARNING: This information is NOT for people (under 18 years of age) or for anybody diagnosed with any specific mental illness. This information is NOT meant to act as a substitute for professional therapy. If uncertain please consult your doctor, G.P. or mental health professional


This website was launched on 7th January, 2008. It came about as a direct result of inadequate information (or research) on the disenfranchised loss and grief associated with adults who were Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI). Based on practice experience, it  specifically addresses people who, since infancy, had one or both parents with a mental illness. It aims to help such people survive, thrive, and celebrate on an inter-generational level (irrespective of whether their mentally ill parent is alive or not). The abbreviation ‘COPMI' is used for ease of expression, but it should not be confused with the national organisation COPMI. This website specifically addresses Adult COPMI (abbreviated as ACOPMI) an often invisible/silent yet significant demographic.

 This website aims to contribute towards building foundations for change by:

  • Publicly sharing clinical practice experience and information for this group of people
  • Delivering practical messages for individual and local action, where authentic gains potentially can be made via self-awareness of survivors of one or more parents with a mental illness
  • To ultimately raise public awareness of what might be needed for the well-being and healthy development of people who survived parents with a mental illness

My experience in a professional capacity was an important motivator in writing this website. I have a number of clients and patients referred to me by GPs and after listening to their stories I became passionate and decided to research this topic. If you scroll down all the way to the bottom of this page you will be able to click on specific areas of interest.

Growing up as a adult COPMI  is not necessarily a ‘life sentence’. It can result in unique strengths and qualities. 

Special note on chosen title: Surviving Parents with Mental Illness. The aim of this title is to acknowledge and validate those certain internal resources and tasks necessary for all adult children of parents with mental illness beyond what might be developmentally understood as “ordinary”. It therefore does not discount the fact that some ACOPMI who survived and thrived might have done so without compromising a positive and loving relationship with their mentally ill parent(s).

A message for adult COPMI: For the sake of personal fulfillment and a better world, I wish you strength and very best of wishes on this most important journey we all call, “life”.

A message for non-COPMI adults: If you are ever privileged to be sufficiently trusted by someone who is a child of parents with mental illness to reveal to you who they truly are and how they managed to continue to survive and thrive, then I hope this website helps you appreciate them further, support them in life, and create a better world so their suffering is reduced and ultimately replaced with celebration.

Disclaimer

The information appearing on this site is for general information only and should not in any way be taken to constitute professional advice or recommendation that a particular course of action be taken in relation to any actual issue, problem, matter, disease, illness, ailment or injury to any adult or child.

Information accessed through this website is not complete or exhaustive and does not cover all available resources, issues, advice and assistance and treatments. The materials presented are not intended as medical or psychological advice and should not be used or relied upon as a substitute for a consultation or visit with your, or another person’s doctor, or other health care provider.

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This website is a 'work in progress'. Please stay tuned as it will be updated as more awareness and information arises. 

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Last Modified: 3rd September, 2013.

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