Think Family, Whole Family (Parental Mental Illness)

Think Family, Whole Family (Parental Mental Illness)

Think Family, Whole Family (Parental Mental Illness)

Date: Fri, 27th Sep 2024 - Fri, 4th Oct 2024

Venue: NSPCC National Training Centre

Price: Free

Parental mental illness (PMI) is a significant public health issue with a very high prevalence that has potential impacts not only for the ill parent, but for all family members including children and young people.

Around 15% of dual-parent families and 20% of single-parent families in the UK are estimated to include a parent with a mental illness. Most parents with a mental illness manage to cope most of the time despite the added difficulties of working, raising children and managing the symptoms of their illness. It is, however, an added burden for many families who are already struggling.

There remains considerable stigma associated with mental illness, it is often not well understood by families, and having a mentally ill parent can cause stress and anxiety for their children – something that can interfere with their attendance and engagement at school.

There is a sub-population of children of mentally ill parents who have caring responsibilities as a result of their parent's illness, and they are less likely than other young carer populations to be known to services or to receive support. An important minority of families go on to experience more significant problems with their quality of life, family relationships, children's social and cognitive development, and the onset of mental health problems in children and young people themselves.

PMI is therefore not an issue that can be tackled effectively by mental health services alone. We believe there is a need for effective support for all members of families affected by PMI across the services and institutions with which they have contact – particularly schools, where young people spend a significant portion of their time and where many aspects of their struggles manifest.

Programme Details

The Leicestershire Healthy Schools Programme has partnered with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and De Montfort University to deliver a comprehensive programme that will support schools to effectively manage and support pupils who are impacted by their parents or carers mental illness for Leicestershire & Rutland schools.

Each participant on the programme will:

  • Receive 1.5 days of high-quality Think Family - Whole Family (Parental Mental Illness) training, developed and delivered by Dr Lina Gatsou and Dr Scott Yates
  • Receive ongoing support and supervision sessions that are delivered in accordance with school-staff training and development needs
  • Up to two supervision sessions available for each participant to reflect on development, share learning and enhance school-based staff practice
  • Think Family - Whole Family (Parental Mental Illness) resources. The updated resources will be made available in print and electronic versions to all participants to be easily shared with wider school-staff


Friday 27th September (9.00-12.30)

Friday 4th October (9.00-16.00)

(you are required to attend both dates in order to complete the course)

Supervision session dates are still tbc


NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, Leicester LE4 1EZ

Contact details:

0116 305 6754

Tags: Healthy Schools, Mental Health, health, wellbeing