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It provides evidence-based support for parenting among parents with a mental illness and for their children and the families. To support parenting among parents with a mental illness and the development of children of parents with a mental illness, we aim to increase the strength and resilience of parents, children and families and prevent mental health issues of children.

News & Topics

  • “Transgenerational Mental Health” conference will be held from August 17–19 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.
  • The two handbooks for supporting parents with a mental illness and their children which was developed by Dr. Tytti Solantaus will be published by University of Tokyo Press in July 2016. Leaflet PDF
  • November 19
    The second “Let’s Talk Worldwide Meeting” was held.

    We exchanged views about the practice of “Let’s Talk About Children” in Finland, Japan and Australia, problems and ideas related to such practice, the application of the practice in each country and so on.
  • “Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and their Families” 3rd edition was published.
    Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and their Families
  • October 1
    “Let’s Talk Worldwide Meeting” began.

    The aim of “Let’s Talk Worldwide Meeting” is to share each country’s experience, knowledge and application of “Let’s Talk About Children” and discuss the problems, challenges and so on in the countries that practice or will practice “Let’s Talk About Children”. It consists of 21 members, including Dr. Solantaus, who developed “Let’s Talk About Children” in Finland (the other members are from Australia, America, Greece, Italy, and Japan). The meeting was held via video conference, and there was a time difference between the countries, i.e., it was held at 7:00 in America, 21:00 in Australia, and 20:00 in Japan. However, the meeting was meaningful and lively.

The evidence-based support program developed in Finland 1

The handbook for supporting parents with a mental illness and their children

Professionals providing Japanese health care and parenting support gave some positive comments, such as “This handbook is necessary in Japan too” and “Professionals themselves can learn with it.” The handbook published by University of Tokyo Press in July 6 th 2016.

More information

How can I help my children? A guide to parents who have mental problems

What’s up with our parents? A handbook for older children and adolescents whose mother or father has mental health problems

The evidence-based support program developed in Finland 2

Let’s Talk About Children

“Let’s Talk About Children” is an evidence-based method that was developed by Dr. Tytti Solantaus in Finland to support parenting among parents with a mental illness and their children. In Finland, the safety of and evidence for this method have been reported, and this method is used in clinical practice. The intervention is low threshold, structured (but flexible) and applicable to various types of mental illnesses, recovery processes, and family experiences. Professionals can use this method of support in their everyday work.

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Contact about the evidence-based support program developed in Finland

We undertake the evidence-based works developed in the national project “The Effective Child & Family Programme”, which started in Finland in 2001. First, we completed the two versions of the Japanese edition of the handbook for supporting parents with a mental illness and their children. Second, we practice “Let’s Talk About Children” in Japan.

Now, we are also undertaking other support methods and will report on them.

  • Now, we support parents with a mental illness and their children but have further questions and concerns.
  • We believe parents with a mental illness and their children must be supported, but we do not know how to do so.

If you are interested in the handbook or “Let’s Talk About Children” in your practices, please contact us.

Please understand that we cannot answer questions that are unrelated to the handbook or “Let’s Talk About Children”.

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