Children & Young People

Tamariki & Taiohi | Children & Young People

This page is for young people who have a parent who experiences mental health or addiction concerns.  

It contains information and resources to help you understand what is happening and learn to deal with what is going on.

It can be tough but you are not alone.

You can find information about common mental health and addiction issues on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Below are the links to a range of books, games and other resources to help you out.

  • When Someone in your Family has a Mental Illness
    This booklet is aimed at 8-12 year olds. It helps to give understanding and strategies to cope and ways to keep safe and ask for help.

  • The Getting Stronger Game
    A resilience building game for young people (8-14 yrs) who are facing tough times.

  • Ruby’s Dad
    This is a story for children aged 6-11 years whose parents or relative has a drinking problem. An honest, encouraging story to help children and families talk about alcohol and how it can affect family life. 

  • COPMI Videos 
    Young people discuss mental health and how to understand symptoms a parent may experience.


Further resources can be found on the COPMI website