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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.


  • Continuing project on perinatal mental health

    November 3, 2022

    Since April 2022, we have been working on a continuing research project 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.