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29 May 2018

Supporting recovery in families affected by parental mental illness

This practice paper from AIFS outlines ways that practitioners can support recovery in families affected by parental mental illness. It suggests that practitioners understand that recovery occurs in a family context and therefore focus on strengthening parent-child relationships. It is important to support families to identify what recovery means for them and acknowledge and build on family strengths, while still recognising their vulnerabilities. Work also needs to be done to assist family members to better understand, and communicate about, mental illness and link families into their communities and other resources. The author notes that the information in the paper applies to a wide range of human service practitioners including those in  family services, child protection, out-of-home care and mental health.