The Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie) has released a training package to help social workers better understand the needs of parents with mental health problems.
The parental mental health and families e-learning package focuses on ensuring support across healthcare, social care and education is well co-ordinated.
It also aims to encourage social workers to empathise more with parents with mental health problems and understand the difficulties they face as carers.
Scie deputy chief executive Amanda Edwards said: “There are a number of myths around mental ill-health which have long had an adverse effect on parents with mental health problems and their families.
“For every 34 people with a serious mental health difficulty only one is admitted to hospital. This illustrates that mental ill-health is a condition which many families live with and one that can be effectively managed.”
The training package is aimed at adult mental health workers as well as children’s centre staff, teachers and GPs.
It has eight modules including working in partnership with parents and reviewing care plans.
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