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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.



    • 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

    • Newsletter November

      November 30, 2018

      November News                                                      Nov 18

      • The Village workshop series started
      • The final reports of the situation analysis in Tyrol are online!
      • dm-miteinander initiative supports the emergency mum
      • Get involved! - on our website
    • 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.