• Presentation of results on perinatal and infant mental health care models and pathways


    On Dec. 01, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., our colleague from the Austrian Institute of Health Technology Assesment, Inanna Reinsperger, will give a presentation on "Models for Prevention and Care of Peripartum Mental Illness."


    We would like to inform you that our colleague Inanna Reinsperger will give a presentation on prevention and care of peripartum mental illness on Thursday, 01.12.2022 from 15:00-16:30. This presentation will take place in the context of our FWF Connecting Minds project: "Co-design of perinatal mental health care in Tyrol".
    More info at:
    The free event will take place in the Anatomy Hörsaal at Müllerstraße 59 EG.54.

    We kindly ask you to register for the lecture under this link:

    Please feel free to share the registration link with colleagues and other interested parties.

    We look forward to seeing you there!



  • Little support for psychological problems of mothers and fathers

    April 29, 2023

    The three health experts from the research project Healthy Minds Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, Inanna Reinsperger and Jean Paul write in their guest commentary about the insufficient support for parents' mental illnesses around the birth of their child.

  • A need to catch up in mental health care before and after birth in Austria

    April 14, 2023

    Up to one in five mothers and one in ten fathers suffer from psychological problems such as depression or anxiety disorders during pregnancy and in the first year after birth. The AIHTA, partner organisation of the research project "Healthy Minds", found in an analysis that there is a need to catch up in prevention and care in Austria.

  • Need to catch up in postnatal care

    April 14, 2023

    Tyrol has a massive need to catch up when it comes to mental health care for mothers before and after childbirth. According to estimates, 1,500 new mothers in Tyrol suffer from mental health problems every year. Tyrol is at the lower end in terms of perinatal mental health care compared to the rest of Austria.

  • Lack of pre and post natal care

    April 14, 2023

    Up to one in five women is affected by mental illness during pregnancy or in the first year after the birth of the child. Recognising and treating these at an early stage would be central. However, care in Austria is inadequate - there is a special outpatient clinic only in Vienna.

  • Gap in care: And who takes care of the parents?

    April 14, 2023

    Austria is lagging behind in the care of parents with perinatal mental illnesses. Experts from the Healthy Minds research project criticise that examining the physical body alone is not enough and call for early screening through Eltern-Kind-Pass. 

  • Children and their mentally ill parents

    November 4, 2022

    Joint research project between MedUni Innsbruck and Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and other partners develops support program for affected families in Tyrol. After a successful pilot phase, sustainable continuation must now be financed.

  • October 27, 2022

    It is estimated that one in four children grows up with a mentally ill parent - and with an increased risk of later developing a mental or physical illness themselves. Children of mentally ill parents often suffer along with them - often in silence. 

  • October 26, 2022

    Children who grow up with mentally ill parents often take on a lot of responsibility and are burdened themselves. In the "Village" project, researchers with funding from Med Uni Innsbruck and the Ludwig Boltzmann Society developed a prevention program for affected families in Tyrol. Its continuation is now at risk.

  • October 20, 2022

    The pilot project "Village" by Med-Uni Innsbruck and the Ludwig Boltzmann society in Tyrol was successfully completed. This is a preventive program for families in which the parents suffer from a mental illness. Children in such families often take on a lot of responsibility and are sometimes burdened themselves, feeling inferior or even guilty. The project created a low-threshold prevention program for these children. Funding has not yet been obtained. Money is being sought to continue the program.

  • Expand family-oriented intervention programs

    April 29, 2022

    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.

  • A radio report of Ö1 & Ö3 about the Village project

    April 11, 2022

    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. 

    Click here for the Ö1 radio report.
    Click here for the Ö3 radio report. 


  • Hilfe für Kinder in psychisch belasteten Familien

    April 11, 2022

    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.

  • Einfach wieder Kind sein dürfen: Wenn Eltern psychisch krank sind

    April 10, 2022

    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.

  • New FWF #ConnectingMinds project „Co-designing perinatal mental health support in Tyrol“

    October 7, 2021

    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.

  • Support for children of parents with a mental illness - A report by ORF Tirol

    May 23, 2021

    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:

  • Children of parents with mental illness

    March 21, 2021

    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.

  • Village Project: Talking about mental illness

    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. 

  • Forschungsblog: Kindern ihre Stimme geben

    The Village project of the Med-Uni Innsbruck wants to focus on the perspective of children and their needs.

  • Wenn Eltern psychisch krank sind: Das Kind unter dem Löwen unterstützen

    July 16, 2020

    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.

  • Das Dorf hilft „unsichtbaren“ Kindern

    August 16, 2019

  • Tyrolean project for children with mentally ill parents

    March 13, 2019

    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.

  • Mentally ill parents, Small children - big burden

    March 1, 2019

    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.

  • It takes a village

    January 15, 2019

    ”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.

  • Giving children a voice

    September 22, 2018


    For a long time forgotten, now in the foreground: children of parents with a mental illness

  • A Village to raise children

    August 31, 2018

    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.

  • Best Practice/Next Practice Forum: Improving identification of & support for children of parents with a mental illness (Austria)

    August 16, 2018

    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.

  • Support for children of parents with a mental illness

    November 6, 2018

    "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

  • When the public plans research

    July 4, 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.

  • Tyrol as model region for children with a parent with a mental illness

    July 2, 2018

    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.

  • A village to support children

    June 29, 2018

    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.

  • Supporting children of parents with a mental illness

    June 28, 2018

    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.

  • Supporting children of parents with a mental illness

    June 28, 2018

    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.

  • Press release

    February 13, 2018

    It takes a village to raise a child - support for children that have a parent with a mental illness!

  • Press release

    May 23, 2018


    Training program for young people


  • We are looking for people with lived experience to be involved in our research!

    June 6, 2023

    We are looking for people with lived experience to be involved in our research! 

    Dear mothers and fathers, 

    Let's talk about perinatal mental illness!

  • The association KiB children care organizes emergency mamas*papas for children at home in case of illness in the family

    December 19, 2022

    KiB organizes care and nursing at home for children who are ill.
    KiB provides support for the costs incurred by a child's illness, such as
    with the care at home, the nursing at home and with the accompanying costs in the hospital. KiB represents the concerns of the families in politics, with authorities, in the
    hospitals and in public.

  • Continuing project on perinatal mental health

    November 3, 2022

    Healthy Minds - Support new parents and their infants 

    Since April 2022, we have been working on a continuing research project Healthy Minds on perinatal mental health in Tyrol. We are providing here project information and resources for parents and families seeking information and support on infant and child mental health.

  • World Mental Health Day

    October 10, 2022

    The overall goal of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide and mobilize efforts to promote mental health. We would like to use this day to share our efforts as part of the Village Project to support children of parents with mental illness in Tyrol. The project summary describes our approach to improve the situation in Tyrol with the Village concept as well as results from the piloting. 


  • End of recruiting families for the Village project

    June 1, 2021

    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. 


  • How to meet the challenge of multilingualism in the social space of school? A research report

    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.

    Translated with (free version)

  • New publication

    May 26, 2021

    Mobilising social support to improve mental health for children and adolescents: A systematic review using principles of realist synthesis

  • Book Suggestion

    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.

  • Village Online Support Offer

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

  • March 30, 2020

  • A village to support invisible children

    August 16, 2019

  • Kick-off for the workshop series

    November 19, 2018

    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.

  • Evidence-Based practice and polices for impact on mental health of children and adolescents

    July 25, 2019

    Neue Publikation

    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.


  • Tell us your story!

    March 27, 2019

    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.

  • Tell us about your experience!

    March 27, 2019

    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.

  • Where to get help

    March 27, 2019

    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!

  • Conference: “Buoys in emotional storms“

    March 5, 2019

    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.

  • Presenting at the SSH Impact - Social Science and Humanities Research

    December 4, 2018

    Evidence-based practice & policies for impact on mental health of children and adolescents

  • Presenting at the ATHEA: Supporting Children with Mentally Ill Parents in Tyrol: a Situational Analysis

    March 1, 2019

    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).


    January 4, 2018

    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.

  • Vote now for the Village project at the dm-miteiander initiative

    November 23, 2019

    "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.

    Thank you!
    We will continue to keep you informed about the progress in the Village project through our newsletter.

  • The final reports of the situation analysis in Tyrol are online!

    November 6, 2018

    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.

  • IACAPAP 23rd – 27th July, Prague

    July 23, 2018

    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.

  • 1. General Assembly in Innsbruck

    September 12, 2018

  • COMET conference 25th – 27th June, Birmingham UK

    June 25, 2018

    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.

  • Kick Off Event of the research group VILLAGE in Innsbruck

    June 28, 2018

    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. 

  • Medical Humanities Research Centre Innsbruck

    May 25, 2018

    PI Jean participated in the summer workshop of the Medical Humanities Research Centre, 24.5.-25.5., Innsbruck

  • Scientific Conference of the Austrian Society for Public Health: Health in all Societies

    May 24, 2018

    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.


    May 3, 2018

    Ausbildungsprogramm für SchülerInnen: Forschung mitgestalten zum Thema psychische Gesundheit!

  • Village project shared in Norwegian blog

    May 20, 2018

    News of village project being shared to Norwegian support organisation.

  • Village facilitator

    April 20, 2018

    We want to partner with interested professionals wanting to be trained and supported in the new co-designed approach (from September 2019 onwards). 

  • European Psychiatry Association, Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry conference

    April 5, 2018

    Learning and sharing research topics at the European Psychiatry Association, Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry conference

  • Annual Medical Symposium in Karachi

    April 1, 2018

    Presentation of the Village Project at the Annual Medical Symposium, Health Promotion, Innovation in Medical Care

  • First stakeholder event

    March 26, 2018

    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. 

  • Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders

    February 15, 2018

    Learning about approaches to funding mental health research at the International Alliance for Mental Health Funding.

  • Next Practice, Best Practice forum

    February 1, 2018

    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.

  • The international village team visits Austria

    January 22, 2018

    Co-Investigators met in January to discuss project activities

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