Creating Options for Family Recovery: A Provider's Guide to Promoting Parental Mental Health

Joanne Nicholson, Dartmouth College
Toni Wolf
Chip Wilder
Kathleen Biebel, University of Massachusetts Medical School


Our goal is to help providers, working with adults living with mental illnesses who are parents, to promote recovery and resilience in all family members. Providers may be working in a traditional mental health setting, providing specialized services like supported employment or housing, or working together with parents in an intervention targeted specifically to meeting their needs, like Family Options. Promoting parents' mental health will have positive impact on all family members, especially their children. The resources in this guide are drawn from over 20 years of research and practice, and the lived experiences of parents, children and family members.