Working with parents with mental illness: Clinical interview prompt sheet

Queensland Health, Australia

'Queensland Health is committed to promoting the protection, safety, health and wellbeing of children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness. Mental health clinicians are required to make decisions about how a consumer's mental illness affects their parenting role in order to provide improved services and attend to the legal and ethical responsibilities of their role as a health professional. The prompt questions outlined have been developed as a guide for use by mental health workers if they are unsure of the types of questions to ask a parent with a mental illness.' It should be noted that these questions have been developed as a guide only and are not to be used as a structured interview. This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the Queensland Health guidelines 'Working with parents with mental illness - guidelines for mental health clinicians'.

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