Our event aims to give participants a better insight into the research project as well as an opportunity to share experiences. Consequently, we have invited all Village project partners and stakeholders and are already looking forward to welcoming you online as well.
The program for this year's event includes an update from the Village project with various topics including how the Village has responded to challenges associated with the pandemic e.g. "Social Distancing". In addition, input is planned from involved families, physicians, Village coordinators, and individuals who have been with the project since day one. Furthermore, from the research perspective of the project, we would like to present first preliminary results and share experiences made in the research work so far. The program will be rounded off by a Q&A session, where we will be happy to answer any unanswered questions about the project.
Here you can find more important information at a glance:
Date Wed 14.04.2021
Time 16:00 - 18:00 hrs
For better organization, we ask you to register in advance at the following link:
We are already looking forward to your participation and will try to make the event exciting.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
News of village project being shared to Norwegian support organisation.
Ausbildungsprogramm für SchülerInnen: Forschung mitgestalten zum Thema psychische Gesundheit!
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