Skip main navigation

COPMI: a hidden group


Here is an illustration of some of the key indicators that COPMI may display in a professional setting such as at school.

It is important to note that not all COPMI will necessarily display all (or any!) of these signs, but it provides a good starting point to start to identify COPMI and other vulnerable children and young people within your professional environment who may need additional support.

Some indicating features that may be even more specific to COPMI are:

  • Parents not attending or responding to invitations for parent meetings
  • Children making excuses for parents
  • Children seeming uncharacteristically quiet and withdrawn
  • Social isolation
  • A stall or drop in grades
This article is from the free online

How To Support Young People Living with Parental Mental Illness

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now