Supporting students living with parental mental illness

22 June, 2021

Journalist Emily Campbell explores a recent study by Monash University researchers into Parental Mental Illness and discusses strategies found to assist when working with children who have mentally ill parents.

Parental Mental Illness (PMI) and the repercussions for the children involved has gained increased attention over the past 20 years, with research aiming to uncover how children cope with having a mentally ill parent and how it affects them socially, emotionally, cognitively and behaviourally.

Young children who are preparing for their transition to school are at a critical stage in their social, cognitive and emotional development (Bayer et al. 2011, as cited in Laletas et al. 2020) with rapid growth and change occurring, and neural pathways for learning forming in their brains.

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