A Ulysses Agreement is a voluntary process that is used by a person that has a mental illness or mental health concern. The plan outlines to others what they should and should not do to support the children and the parent/s. It also allows the parent to plan how their children will be cared for should they relapse and be temporally unable to care for their children. This program is funded by South Fraser – Child and Youth Mental Health and provided by The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society and implemented by Mark Littlefield of Littlefield and Associates. Click here for the pdf document.
From the back cover:
Despite the importance of regaining social roles during recovery from mental illness, the intersection between motherhood and serious mental illness is often overlooked. This book aims to rectify that neglect. A series of introductory chapters describing current research and services available to mothers with serious mental illness are followed by personal accounts of clients reflecting on their parenting experiences. One goal of the book is to provide clinicians with information on this seldom addressed topic, which they can then use to help patients who are struggling with questions and barriers in their attempts to parent. The inclusion of personal accounts of mothers on issues such as stigma, fears, and discrimination in the context of parenting with a mental illness is intended to promote the message of mental illness recovery to a larger audience as well. Finally, it is hoped that this handbook will help inspire more research on mothers with mental illness and the creation of more services tailored to their needs.
The Fourth International Conference on Families wth Parental Mental Health Challenges took place in Berkeley, California from April 25 – 27, 2014. The above link will bring you to the conference brochure.
Click here for a link to the conference presentations which are now available online.
“Children of mentally ill parents are at risk for all sorts of problems, including mental illness itself. But Canada has limited resources for them.”
Click here for a link to this article published October 12, 2012 in The Toronto Star.
COPMI (children of parents with a mental illness) is a national initiative based out of Australia that develops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of these children. This information complements online training courses developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs. Click here to view the COPMI Australia website.
Stephen Hinshaw is a psychologist at UC Berkeley who wrote a book about his father’s struggle with mental illness called The Years of Silence are Past. Click here to check out the article called A Psychologist’s Quest.