We hereby cordially invite you to our Village closing event on 26th of September at 3 p.m.
Over the past four and a half years, we have worked with local stakeholders and people with lived experience to develop a preventive approach that makes children of mentally ill parents 'visible' and aims to relieve affected families in their everyday lives by activating the social support network. After the implementation and evaluation of this approach, we would like to share our results, continue to raise awareness of the topic locally, and further engage stakeholders who could take over the clinical practice we developed during this time.
For a better organization of the event we would like to ask you to register for the event via the following link: https://eveeno.com/village
The range of health and economic impacts of parental mental illness on their offspring is broad and supports the need for targeted prevention work with family-focused intervention programs.
The radio stations Ö1 and Ö3 report in the Mittagsjournal about children of parents with a mental illness in Austria and how the village research project supports affected children and their families in Tyrol.
Mom or Dad is mentally ill - more than a quarter of a million children in Austria live in such a situation. Later, their risk of developing health problems or disorders themselves is significantly increased. A current project in Tyrol shows how the stress on children can be alleviated.
If parents have mental illnesses, the children also suffer. They often have to take on responsibilities for which they are still too young. An international research project offers help to such families - with very good success. A news articel about our research project.
FWF #ConnectingMinds project at the Medical University of Innsbruck - Village follow-up project
The idea for our research project came about from both personal and clinical experience, witnessing a lack and fragmentation of services for new parents experiencing a mental illness in Tyrol. A need to improve mental healthcare for new parents in hospitals and the community has been identified. We are excited to work in partnership to bring about innovative research which will have a significant social impact on the local community in Tyrol.
The Tyrolean research project "Village" is investigating how best to support children of parents with a mental illness. They are at higher risk of becoming mentally ill themselves. The aim of the "Village" project is to build a formal and informal support network around these children.
Here you can see the TV contribution from ORF Tirol Heute from 23.05.2021:
Here you can find the article:
Here you can find the radio report: https://radiothek.orf.at/tir/20210523/TWOE3/1621765868809
How can children of parents with mental illnesses be helped? In an interview with the magazine "Moment", Dr. Jean Paul talks about the difficulties in Tyrol. In particular, this interview highlights the obstacles and barriers faced by children of parents with mental illnesses.
How can we support children pf parents with mental illness?
While we are at the end of the second lockdown and feel restricted in our freedom, there are people who suffer even more from the missing, partly supportive, outside world.
A very interesting article by our contributor Nadja Gruber.
The Village project of the Med-Uni Innsbruck wants to focus on the perspective of children and their needs.
It takes a village to raise a child. So goes an African saying. Many people have a stake - sometimes unconsciously - in how children grow up in their environment. Fostering these relationships with relatives, neighbors, friends, teachers, etc. is an essential part of "Village". The research project is dedicated to children, one of whose parents is mentally ill.
The Medical Tribune reports on what we found out about the initial situation in Tyrol, how we develop new practical approaches in workshops together with stakeholders – and how we want to create and measure improvements for children with parents having a mental illness.
A short feature about our project with a field experience report by highly dedicated Lisa Kainzbauer. Keywords: involving the child and asking about its needs; breaking the vicious circle in which the danger of developing a mental illness is passed on over generations; creating a network that "catches" the child.
”The project is so exciting because we are working together in an international and interdisciplinary team towards a common goal: We want to identify children of mentally ill parents as early as possible, understand their experiences and support them in the best possible way.” – Jean Paul, head of the ”Village” project in an interview with MED•INN – the campus magazine of the Medical University of Innsbruck.
For a long time forgotten, now in the foreground: children of parents with a mental illness
Jean Paul from Australia came to Innsbruck to lead an international project there. The aim is to find measures that help children of mentally ill parents.
Dr. Melinda Goodyear (Research Fellow and MIRF Project Manager, Monash
University) & Dr. Jean Paul (Principal investigator of the village project at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Medical University of Innsbruck) share insights into the research collected in this area in the Best Practice/Next Practice Forum: Working with Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness.
"It takes a village to raise a child." The African proverb has been taken to heart by the Village research group built around the Australian expert in child and youth health, Jean Paul. The scientists at the medical university and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute are developing measures to help children of parents with a mental illness. These are particularly at risk later in life to be mentally or physically ill. The methods are developed together with care facilities, schools and children themselves.
Innovation Magazin Tirol, 1/2018
The public tells science what to research - a crazy idea? The Ludwig Boltzmann Society is currently making good experiences with 'crowdsourcing' of research questions and other methods of participation. An interview with project manager Benjamin Missbach and social scientist Jean Paul.
The Medical University Innsbruck is supporting the project "Village" to raise society's awareness towards the needs of affected persons.
Based on an initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Association, an interdisciplinary team of scientists wants to equip the model region Tyrol as "the village" with the necessary know-how to provide children of parents with a mental illness with the help they need in their often difficult everyday life.
The article in the print edition of the Dolomites gives a brief insight into our research project.
The international research group Village explores how children and adolescents of mentally ill parents are treated. Tyrol should act as a model region here.
Around a quarter of all children grow up in families where one parent is mentally ill. The risk of becoming mentally ill later on is high. In Tyrol, the village communities will now be used in a new research project to help these children.
An estimated quarter of all children grow up in families where one parent is mentally ill. For the children, this often means an unbelievable burden, an enormous pressure. The risk of becoming mentally ill later on is high. How can we help these children, how can we support them? At the Medical University of Innsbruck, in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Association, an international research group has been set up to develop suitable measures.
It takes a village to raise a child - support for children that have a parent with a mental illness!
Training program for young people
The Village Project has completed its recruitment of new families.
We have compiled an overview of contacts and support organisations so that affected families are well informed about support services and can access them (see details).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us. Especially our Village facilitators, who do an excellent job and give the families and especially the children new perspectives and ease their daily lives.
Austria is a multilingual society. This is not a new development, because German has never been the only language spoken in this country. From a linguistic point of view, monolingual societies are an illusion. The fact is that in view of social developments with accompanying migration movements, the composition of linguistic diversity in Austria is changing. The proportion of the population with a non-German first language is increasing. This means that the challenges are also increasing, and this applies in particular to school social work. Dr Marianne Franz took a closer look at this topic from a linguistic perspective.
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Mobilising social support to improve mental health for children and adolescents: A systematic review using principles of realist synthesis
Lisa Kainzbauer is a member of the competence group that advises the Village project. She has now published a photo book that artistically deals with the topic of schizophrenia.
The Village Project aims to support children of parents with mental illnesses and their families online.
Our project focuses on co-development with stakeholders including professionals from different fields (health, social and educational) as well as parents with a mental illness or adults who were children of parents with a mental illness. In our project we cooperate with these people, who are actively involved in their daily lives with the topic of children of a parent with a mental illness.
Raphaela and Jean's presentation to the EU Commission has now been published. This paper was part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Impact Conference hosted by the EU Commission in Vienna.
What do children of parents with a mental illness experience in Tyrol?
We are looking for people with lived experience.
Great that you want to find out how you can help us with your personal story! Here you will find some practical information. If you don't really know what it's all about yet, download the flyer and find out how important your role is.
What do children of a parent with a mental illness experience in Tyrol?
We are looking for people with practical experience.
We are pleased that you would like to find out how you can share your experience! Here, you can find more information. If you don't know what it's all about yet, download the flyer here and find out how valuable your experience is.
As a research group, we cannot offer you any support in the form of therapy. Here you can find some organisations you can contact at any time! As you can see, there are some contact persons for you here in Tyrol. You are not alone!
Last week we took part in the “Bojen in Gefühlsstürmen” conference on the topic of identifying, understanding and supporting children of parents with a mental illness.
Evidence-based practice & policies for impact on mental health of children and adolescents
Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, one of our COIs, presented the results of the situation analysis at the ATHEA conference in Vienna in early March. The focus of the analysis of the current situation is on support services in the field of mental health (in detail: children with mentally ill parents).
The 4th Annual Meeting of the Austrian Liga for Children and Youth Health took place on November 29th, 2018 at the Brotfabrik Wien and focused on the topic of mental health of children and adolescents.
"Hand in hand for a better world. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, dm Austria launched the initiative two years ago and supported 40 social, ecological and cultural projects throughout Austria. In 2019 this initiative supports projects for children and young people! " dm-miteinander initiative 2019
The Village project wants to implement practical approaches to support children of parents with a mental illness. Please vote now - so those practice approaches in Tyrol can be supported by dm from March to July 2019.
Please click on the this link and click on the star in the upper left corner.
We will continue to keep you informed about the progress in the Village project through our newsletter.
Our COIs Dr. Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss and Dr. Melinda Goodyear have completed two reports on the current situation of COPMI in Tyrol.
Read more about it here.
Jean and Dr Raphaela Kaisler (research and relationship manager) attended the International Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Prague, Czech Republic.
Sharing thoughts about communication with children
Our prinicpal investigator, Jean, presenting at the COMET conference. The interdisciplinary conference brings together linguists, ethicists, health practitioners, and other social scientists to discuss issues related to healthcare communication and ethics.
On 28th of June 2018 the opening event of the VILLAGE project took place in the auditorium of the University of Innsbruck. Guest included local and national stakeholders, local politicians, and the interested public. The kick-off event was intended to provide participants with an overview of the research project as well as the different phases, and to introduce the team of researchers. Presenter Dénes Széchényi from TIROL TV guided the guests and the speakers through the entire event.
PI Jean participated in the summer workshop of the Medical Humanities Research Centre, 24.5.-25.5., Innsbruck
Presentation of the first results of the current situation analysis in Tyrol as part of the Village project at the conference of the Austrian Society for Public Health in Vienna.
Ausbildungsprogramm für SchülerInnen: Forschung mitgestalten zum Thema psychische Gesundheit!
News of village project being shared to Norwegian support organisation.
We want to partner with interested professionals wanting to be trained and supported in the new co-designed approach (from September 2019 onwards).
Learning and sharing research topics at the European Psychiatry Association, Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry conference
Presentation of the Village Project at the Annual Medical Symposium, Health Promotion, Innovation in Medical Care
Our first stakeholder event took place on 26th March in 2018 at the Medical University of Innsbruck. The event was attended by twelve stakeholders working in areas concerned with supporting children of parents with mental illness.
Learning about approaches to funding mental health research at the International Alliance for Mental Health Funding.
Jean (PI) and Mel (CoI) recently participated in the‚Next Practice, Best Practice‘ Forum: Working with a family when a parent has a mental illness‘ in Melbourne Australia.
Co-Investigators met in January to discuss project activities