Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI)
The FaPMI (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness) program aims to improve outcomes for clients who are parents, their children and their families by reducing the impact of parental mental illness on family members.
The program is coordinated at the state-wide level by The Bouverie Centre and is operationalised through Local Area Mental Health FaPMI coordinators, who provide timely, coordinated, preventative and supportive action within adult mental health services, AMHS.
These coordinators work within the AMHS and network partners to influence and promote family-inclusive practice to achieve positive outcomes for all family members.
The program is funded by the Victorian State government and was expanded in 2016 to cover all Victorian clinical adult mental health services and to enhance the state-wide co-ordination of the program.
What does the FaPMI program provide?
- Education, training, resources and consultation support to the mental health workforce and their network partners.
- Support for the modification of assessment and referral processes to identify and respond to the needs of families.
- Development of strong local networks, policy and protocols regarding family inclusive practice and support to families.
- Support for the implementation of peer support programs for parents, children, young people and families.
- Brokerage funds to support activities for parent consumers and their families.
FaPMI strategic priorities
Read about the 2019 – 2022 FaPMI strategic priorities [PDF 533.2 KB].
The FaPMI Program has identified two practice models, Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC) and Let’s Talk About Children (Let’s Talk), to implement as part of its response to the strategic priorities to enhance clinical practice to improve outcomes for families.
Let’s Talk is a brief, evidence-based method that trains professionals to have a structured discussion with parents who experience mental illness about parenting and their child’s needs.
The model uses conversations with the parent to help both the parent and worker to explore the needs of the child, how the parent’s mental health may be affecting their parenting and their child, and the supports they may need.
The intervention consists of a preliminary discussion and subsequent conversations between the parents and their worker. If necessary, a network meeting with other workers then follows.
The Bouverie Centre was a partner in the four-year Mental Illness Research funded project from the Victorian Government to adapt Let’s Talk for Victorian adult clinical mental health services, mental health community supports services and family sectors.
SSFC is a brief model of family engagement and inclusion (initial 1-3 sessions and then as needed ) that is already being implemented with the support of Bouverie in many adult mental health services.
Additional material is being developed to provide a FaPMI lens to the intervention to provide opportunities make a positive difference for parent clients and their children. The state-wide FaPMI team will work with FaPMI coordinators and their services to implement SSFC.
Peer Support Programs
A peer support program for young people aged 12 to 18 years who have a parent and/or sibling with a mental illness.
A peer support program for children aged 8 to 12 years who have a parent with a mental illness. A parent peer support group may also be offered concurrently.