Parental Mental Health and its Impact on Children and Young People

Parental Mental Health and its Impact on Children and Young People

Explore the relationship between parental mental health problems and the possible effects on children and young people.

What you'll learn

Using a mix of video, presentation and discussion, this course explores the relationship between parental mental health problems and the possible effects on children and young people, providing professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to confidently support those affected.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Identify specific risk factors relating to children with a parent with a mental health problem
  • Describe adaptive strategies and resultant behaviours in children
  • Gain an awareness of the main adult mental health problems and how they may impact on the parent-child relationship
  • Consider how to have conversations with children and young people about mental illness/substance misuse
  • Consider the implications of the different factors for your practice

How is this course relevant to me?

Children with a parent who has a mental health condition are sometimes exposed to developmental risks such as insecure attachment formation and poor resilience.

Around 17, 000 children and young people live with a parent with a severe and enduring mental illness (Mind.org.uk). Accordingly, there is a strong need for increased awareness and understanding amongst professionals regarding the effects of such caregiving on children and young people.

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