Placing family at the centre of mental health recovery

Placing family at the centre of mental health recovery

Rhys Price-Robertson, Angela Obradovic and Gemma Olsen

This webinar outlined ways in which practitioners can support healing and recovery in families affected by parental mental illness.

Placing family at the centre of mental health recovery

This webinar was held on 11 August 2016.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Mental health recovery is an inherently social process, and family is the most important social context for recovery for many people living with mental illness. Estimates suggest that over 50% of people with severe and persistent mental illness have daily contact with their families, and roughly 20% live with dependent children. For many, it is simply not possible to separate their personal recovery journey from their roles and relationships within the family.

Drawing on research, practice wisdom and lived experience, this webinar encouraged professionals to consider how they can place family relationships and parenting at the centre of their efforts to support mental health recovery.

You may also be interested in a practice paper we've published on this topic: Supporting recovery in families affected by parental mental illness.

This webinar was a collaboration between CFCA and Emerging Minds, through the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) national initiative.

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About the presenters

Rhys Price-Robertson

Rhys Price-Robertson is a PhD candidate at Monash University, where he is investigating the experiences of families affected by paternal mental illness. At the time of preparing this webinar, he was a Knowledge Broker for the COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative. His most recent published research has focused on fatherhood, family recovery, family relationships, and child protection. Previously, Rhys worked as a researcher at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and as a Div. 2 nurse in the aged care and mental health sectors.

Angela Obradovic

Angela Obradovic has worked in the clinical adult mental health field as a mental health social worker for over 23 years, and has been involved with the COPMI national initiative since 2002. As Chief Social Worker for an Area Mental Health Service in Victoria, Angela has led implementation of the Family Consultation and Multiple Family Group Models, Parent and Child Peer Support Programs and the Let’s Talk about Children intervention. Her recent research has included evaluation of cross-sectoral approaches to the care of families where a parent has a mental illness and the Victorian MIRF Project, Developing a Recovery Model for Parents in Victorian Mental Health and Family Services.

Gemma Olsen

Gemma Olsen is the mother of two beautiful children, aged 13 and 5, and lives in Victoria with her wonderful husband. Gemma's life has been touched by mental illness for as long as she can remember, and her lived experience includes being a child of a parent with mental illness and living as a parent with a mental illness. She also identifies as a Carer, as she has at times found herself in a caring role for her loved ones. Gemma now works in the mental health sector, endeavouring to create lasting change in the lives of people living with the symptoms of mental illness, Carers and families.