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How to raise the village
to raise the child

The Village Project - supporting children of parents with mental illness in Austria

Research Group Village of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in cooperation with the Medical University Innsbruck

Children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) often need additional supports to lead the happy and healthy lives they desire. In some cases though, those supports are either not available or not found by families, resulting in negative long-term outcomes for these children. This four-year research project aims to increase identification and strengthen formal and informal supports around children when their parents have a mental illness. This project will be co-developed with stakeholders and will implement and evaluate two practice approaches, focused on the child and on principles of collaborative care. The project utilizes a realist framework (as well as implementation science principles, and the theory of symbolic interactionism) and mixed-methodologies, and involves numerous data collection methods including: literature reviews, questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, and observations to determine the impact and benefits of providing increased supports for COPMI in Austria.


  • Village's Online Approach

    The Village Project aims to support children of parents with mental illnesses and their families online. 

  • Newsletter Summer

    1. Improving access to the Village Project 
    2. Village project for resident professionals
    3. "Lion children" - the TT reports about the Village
    4. Effects of corona lockdown on children 
    5. Call for papers ÖAW

  • Newsletter January

    1. the final phase of the recruitment of families
    2. improving access to the Village project 
    3. package of measures for mental health despite pandemic 
    4. when the world does not understand me
    5. psyche of young people suffers from Corona