The Journal of Parent and Family Mental Health is devoted to the translation and dissemination of research knowledge specific to families living with parental mental illness. The idea for an e-journal dedicated exclusively to research and innovation specific to parental mental illness was born from a group of international researchers and change agents committed to enhancing the lives of families living with parental mental illness. This group is called Parental and Family Mental Health Worldwide.
Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1 (2018) Mental Health Literacy for Children with a Parent with a Mental Illness
Mental Health Literacy for Children with a Parent with a Mental Illness
Joanne Riebschleger, Christine Grove, Shane Costello, and Daniel Cavanaugh
Promoting mental health literacy is an effective strategy to protect the wellbeing of parents with mental illness and their children. Mental health literacy is part of health literacy; it is defined as “one’s level of understanding about mental health attitudes and conditions, as well as one’s ability to prevent, recognize, and cope with these conditions” (Jorm et al., 1997 p. 182). Mental health literacy can be developed by mental health providers discussing mental illness, recovery, and coping with parents and family members, including children. Increased mental health literacy leads to engagement in mental health promotion and (for the child) prevention focused activities (Beardslee, Solantaus, Morgan, Gladstone, & Kowalenko, 2013).
Joanne Nicholson, PhD
Behavioral Health, Brandeis University - USA
Christine Grove, PhD
Faculty of Education, Monash University - Australia