Bundesverband der Angehörigen psychisch erkrankter Menschen e.V.

Materials for affected children, adolescents and parents

“I am not comfortable in my own skin”. This is a feeling you have surely had to deal with since you became aware of your mother’s or father’s mental illness. Along with this feeling of discomfort comes a feeling of being lost. With its booklets “But what about ME”, “It’s my turn” and “Family Matters”, the self-help organisation for families dealing with psychiatric issues, Familien-Selbsthilfe Psychiatrie, aims to provide pointers on how to navigate through the unfamiliar world of mental illness and psychiatry.

But what about ME ...

Information for children aged 8-12 with mentally ill parents 

It’s my turn

Information for adolescents with mentally ill parents

Family Matters

Information for mentally ill parents and their partners on dealing with their children

Beate Lisofsky, Fritz Mattejat (ed):
Nicht von schlechten Eltern - Kinder psychisch Kranker  
[Not from bad parents – children of the mentally ill]

2008 fully revised edition of the book first published in 1998.

When parents become mentally ill, their children need help. Preferably before the illness becomes acute and a decision has to be made as to whether the children can stay with the family or have to go into a home.