Breaking the cycle

CONFRONTED with mental illness and unsure how best to cope, many parents with psychiatric issues attempt to keep things private and pretend the problems don’t exist. They hope if they’re discreet enough, their family will be none the wiser.

But research suggests that the opposite is true, and effective communication with their partner and children can actually minimise the chances of generational mental illness, according to experts at the federally funded Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) initiative.

However, they say many