The Families where a Parent Has a Mental illness (FaPMI) Program is a statewide strategy developed to improve services and resources for families where parents have a mental illness. FaPMI work in collaboration with agencies via workforce development and training, systems and procedures development, and service partnerships for service delivery.

FaPMI co-ordinates a range of group programs for families, and partners with agencies to support families across all ages, including pregnancy, early years, primary and secondary school, adults, and grandparents. 

FaPMI  works with agencies across Eastern Melbourne to improve support for parents and carers, children, young people, and families.  We do this by: 

  • Building shared understanding through fact sheets, books, and resources 
  • Partnering with services to co-ordinate and deliver peer support programs for children, young people and parents/carers 
  • Working with services to improve systems to better meet the needs of families 
  • Providing training, support and resources including secondary consultation for services who work with families where a parent has a mental illness 

FaPMI’s vision is of healthy family relationships.  Relationships are the foundation of child development and supports stable mental health.  The FaPMI program recognises the strengths and resilience of all family members and works together with families and services to promote this. We believe that family-focussed practice is everybody’s business.