Workstreams: Parental Mental Health

Meriden Parental Mental Health Special Interest Group

The Parental Mental Health special interest group hopes to resume following the learning event scheduled for July 14th, 2009. Please see details under the forthcoming events section and watch this space for updates

Meriden Resources

Interfaces Project report

Within the Meriden Programme there was concern that the needs of children whose parents were experiencing mental health problems were being missed. The interfaces project provided an ideal opportunity to examine the extent to which modern mental health systems are responding to service users as parents and working in partnership with other agencies and groups who have a role in children’s well being and emotional development.
The report is available to download in either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format - please choose one below.

Related Articles and Resources

Supporting Parents with Mental Health Problems and their Children

The CPA briefing paper Supporting Parents with Mental Health Problems and their Children is now available from This briefing paper accompanies the new CPA implementation guidance published in March 2008.

  • To view the document click here.

SCIE Research briefing 24

Experiences of children and young people caring for a parent with a mental health problem, 2008

SCIE Research Briefing 29

Black and Minority Ethnic parents with mental health problems and their children (September 2008)

Children and young people in mind: The final report of the national CAMHS review, (2008)

This independent Review, has been charged with finding out how children’s health, education and social care services are contributing to the mental health and psychological well-being of children and young people, focussing on progress made since 2004.

To read this review click here (PDF).

Keeping the Family in Mind

The Keeping The Family In Mind Resource Pack is back by popular demand. This second edition contains updated and improved contents. The pack is aimed at anyone who works with parents with mental health difficulties, their children and their families, and is designed to raise awareness of the issues they face.

Parents in Hospital: How mental health services can best promote family contact when a patient is in hospital

Following a review of contact arrangements between parents in mental health settings and their children, a need to improve support systems and visiting facilities has been identified.

Care Matters: Time for Change, DES 2007

This White Paper sets out the steps that the Department for Education and Skills will take, together with local delivery partners, to improve the outcomes of children and young people in care. It builds on responses to the Green Paper Care Matters: Transforming the Lives of Children and Young People in Care and the conclusions of four working groups established to investigate best practice in supporting those in care.

  • To view this document, click here

Meriden Conferences

The last parental mental health and child welfare learning event took place on 6th January 2005. The day aimed to bring together people working in adult mental health and children’s services to explore the needs of parents with mental ill-health and the effects on their children. A programme and some of the presentation materials are linked below.

  • A number of presentations were also made during the main Meriden 2007 conference. Details can be found within the Research, Resources and Publications section of this site.

Related Links
Young Minds. Website promoting the mental health and emotional well being of children and young people.