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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.

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    • 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!

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