Parenting Through Leisure

Parenting Through Leisure is a program focused on helping parents with a serious mental illness participate in leisure activities with their child to strengthen their relationships


Are you interested in doing more fun things with your kids? Want to spend more quality time together, but just not sure what steps to take? Parenting through leisure is a 10-week program aimed at supporting parents to learn about the benefits of family leisure, plan activities, and make family leisure a part of everyday life. These activities may improve communication and improve relationships between parents and kids!

We are looking for individuals who:

1. Are ages 18 and older
2. Are an adult parent with a diagnosis of schizophrenia-spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, or depression
3. Have a child who is between 7-15 years old and is interested in participating in family leisure with you
4. Have legal visitation rights, joint custody or full custody of child, with at least weekly contact

5. Indicate a desire to engage in more leisure activities with their child

If you are eligible to participate, you will be asked to complete 3 research interviews, which will take approximately 90 minutes each. In appreciation of your time, you will receive a $20 gift card for each interview completed.

You will also be enrolled in an online program to support you with ideas and make plans to participate in more recreation with your child. The program has 1-1 phone call or video meetings with a recreational therapist every other week, and a video support group every other week. You will also receive videos to teach you activities and to share with your child. You may be enrolled right away, or you may have to wait 10 weeks to participate in the program.

If you are interested in the research study or have any questions, please reach out to me at

Looking for more information? Check out these resources designed to support parents who experience mental health conditions!

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