“The mental health of families is an important public health issue with implications for individuals, the services they use, those who provide them, as well as policy makers and society in general” (Falkov, 2012; p.24).
Our new PRIMERA (Promoting Research and Innovation in Mental hEalth seRvices for fAmilies) programme of research – funded by the HSE – is investigating how best we can deliver mental health services and interventions to families where a parent has a diagnosed mental illness.
Mental illness exacts a significant personal and social toll on individuals, families and communities whilst incurring huge economic costs – €11 billion per year in Ireland alone. Recent years have seen growing recognition of the importance of parental mental health and the need for more integrated and effective service responses to parents with mental illness and their children (e.g. Wilson et al., 2010; HSE, 2015).
Up to one in five young people live in families with a parent who has a mental illness (Reupert et al, 2012) whilst in the UK, approximately 1.7 million adults and 2.5 million children are affected by parental mental illness (Tunnard, 2004). However, the complex needs of these vulnerable families often go unrecognised and untreated, whilst the evidence for family-focused mental illness interventions is also very underdeveloped.
What are the aims of the research?
- To identify mental health services in Ireland that currently deliver, or are interested in developing and delivering family-focused intervention(s) for families where a parent has a diagnosed mental health problem (and their children aged 0-18years); and
- To subsequently investigate in more detail the implementation and effectiveness of selected interventions in order to inform a ‘think family’ care delivery agenda in Ireland (and internationally).
Family Talk Course
Thank you for taking part in the PRIMERA research project. Below you will find a link to a survey for children and adolescents (7 years to 18 years) who are taking part in Family Talk.
Also, if this is your FIRST time doing the survey, click on the link below to enter our online survey.
Thank you for taking part in the PRIMERA research project. Below you will find a link to a survey for adult PARTNERS who are taking part in Family Talk.
If this is your FIRST time doing the survey, click on the link below to enter our online Partner survey.