Welcome to these materials which explore a number of issues relating to mental health problems and the family. If you are using these materials for the first time, please read this first. When referring to these materials, please, use the information found here.

After engaging with these elearning materials you will:

  • have an understanding of how mental health problems impact on the family from a number of perspectives.
  • reflect on your own interaction skills and practices when working with the family.
  • consider some issues which relate to your professional development.

  • These materials are developed to Masters in mental health degree level. They can be used by teachers, students, practitioners, service users, family members or other interested parties.

  • It is expected that users of these materials already have a basic understanding of family work. In addition users should already have some knowledge about how mental health problems affect different family members as well as how they affect the families as a whole. Users should also be familiar with some conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the family. In addition they should be familiar with some basic communication and interaction approaches. Users should also be familiar with professional development issues relating to their individual mental health practice.

In each of the materials you will find a detailed description of the learning objectives as well as references or further reading.

We hope that you find these materials enjoyable, easy to use and helpful to your practice!

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.