Chirp

Child Illness and Resilience Program (CHiRP)


CHiRP is an evidence-based mental health promotion and illness prevention program for families and carers of children and young people living with an illness in Australia. CHiRP is an initiative of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (HIMH) based in Newcastle and is supported by a growing body of literature.

The evidence and research shows that:

  • Two in five Australian families have a child or young person living with a chronic illness (AIHW, 2012).
  • Children and young people with an illness are more likely to develop social, behavioural or mental health problems such as low self-esteem, poor social skills, challenging behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety.
  • The carer and extended family members of the child or young person with a chronic illness are important members of the extended care team, yet there are very few services or programs specifically aimed to support the mental health and wellbeing of this important group.
  • Family members living with a childhood chronic illness are at greater risk of developing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, given the persistent levels of stress and worry associated with their support role. This is of particular concern given that parental wellbeing is both a risk and protective factor for the onset of mental illness during childhood.
  • Improved medical outcomes can be achieved through programs which support the mental health and wellbeing of families with children and young people living with an illness.

As one of the recipients of the Greater Charitable Foundation’s inaugural funding round, the Hunter Institute has received funding to develop, trial and evaluate a pilot of CHiRP within the Hunter New England Local Health District.

 

Project Aim


CHiRP aims to promote the resilience and psychological wellbeing of families of children and young people living with an illness. This objective will be achieved by:

  • Developing an evidence-based, family-centred mental health promotion and illness prevention resources for parents/carers of children and young people with an illness.
  • Developing and trialling a multi-stage dissemination strategy applicable to the Hunter New England Local Health District, which could potentially be rolled out nationally.
  • Evaluating the efficacy and acceptability of the resource in promoting resilience and wellbeing of families of children and young people living with an illness.


Resource


CHiRP Resource

For more information about the development, dissemination and
evaluation of the CHiRP resource, please view/download the following fact sheet and literature review.

 

Fact Sheet

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Literature Review

Chirp Literature Review Cover page

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Stakeholder document coverDocument package for Child Illness Resilience Program National Reference Group Members for ongoing communications and promotion.

This document package contains the CHiRP briefing document, suggested newsletter articles for stakeholders, key messages, suggested fact sheets for social media and promotional purposes and frequently asked questions.

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The Hunter Institute of Mental Health is a friend and supporter of the Pathways to Resilience Trust. Pathways to Resilience have utilised the CHiRP resources in their courses. To find out more about the organisation visit www.pathwaystoresilience.org


 

Child Illness Resilience Program: Summary of outcomes from Hunter Institute of Mental Health

To discuss the CHiRP resource further, please contact Dr Gavin Hazel, Program Manager, Child, Youth and Wellbeing team on (02) 4924 6900 or gavin.hazel@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au 

 

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