e-Learning: Parental mental health and families

Published 2011

These e-learning resources are freely available to all. They provide audio, video and interactive technology to assist in exploring the nature of parental mental health and its impact on families.

Introducing the family model

An introduction to the family model and the impacts of some common risks, stressors and protective factors.

Think child, think parent and think family

Explores the impact of parental mental illness on all family members. Also looks at child development stages and some common diagnoses, interventions and treatments for mental illness.

Working together with parents

Explores the key principles of working in partnership with parents.

Working together with professionals

Explores the challenges facing workers in maintaining a multi-agency approach and how the Family Model can be used to strengthen professional working relationships.

Care planning and review

Looks at what makes an effective plan as well as considering how reviewing processes can be used to ensure changing needs are assessed and plans modified as a result.


Explores screening, active signposting and early intervention, and their importance in addressing the needs of all parts of the family system.

Managing complexity and leading practice

Provides a range of audit tools for front line managers to gauge the readiness of their staff to implement the ‘Think Family’ guidance. It also identifies the key drivers needed by strategic managers to target action at a local level, identify the barriers to change and potential solutions.

Communicating with families

Explores the communication strategies that can be used to talk to parents, children and families about parental mental health issues.