Supporting parents with enduring mental health problems

P.C. van der Ende, M. Nolan (Editor)

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• The combination of coping with mental health problems and caring for children makes parents vulnerable.
• Family-centred practice can help to maintain and strengthen important family relationships, and to identify and enhance the strengths of parents with a mental illness, thus contributing to their recovery.
• Parents with mental illness find strength for parenting in several ways. They feel responsible, and this helps them to stay alert while parenting; parenthood also offers a basis for social participation.
• Dedication to the parental role provides a focus; parents develop strengths and skills as they find a balance between attending to their own lives and caring for their children, and parenting prompts them to find adequate sources of support and leads to a valued identity.
• Practitioners can support parents with mental health problems to set and address parenting related goals.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational journal of birth and parent education
Issue number4:29-32
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • parenting
  • mental health
  • problems
  • support
  • family-orientated approach

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