Project Kipkel

KIPKEL

As a local prevention project for children of mentally ill parents, Kipkel pursues the goal of enabling children to live a carefree life and to provide educational work.

Förderkreis Kipkel e.V. | Haan | 2000​

The Kipkel Foundation has been active regionally in the Bergisches Land (NRW, Germany) for over 20 years and aims to ensure the independent and sustainable financing of the Kipkel project.

Problem

Depending on the estimate, children of mentally ill parents have a double to tenfold increased risk of developing a mental illness or other behavioral problems themselves. In Germany, around 25 percent of all children and adolescents live with a mentally ill parent and face particular questions, problems and burdens. In addition, the taboo surrounding mental illness makes it difficult to deal with the issue.

Solution

Kipkel offers free individual and group sessions without appointment for children and parents. The aim of this low-threshold offer is to provide preventive therapeutic help through child-appropriate education, strengthening of resources, relief and support for the family in building a helpful social network. The independence of Kipkel from other institutions lowers the inhibition threshold of an initial contact for many families.

Why we support the project

We believe that mental illness must be taken out of the taboo zone in order to protect families from social isolation and to break the vicious circle between parental mental illness and the associated risks for affected children. As a local project, Kipkel is a good addition to our project portfolio and helps “right on our doorstep”. Through direct personal contact, the project is particularly close to us, which is why we can always see where our donations are going.

Förderkreis Kipkel e.V. | Haan | 2000​

The Kipkel Foundation has been active regionally in the Bergisches Land (NRW, Germany) for over 20 years and aims to ensure the independent and sustainable financing of the Kipkel project.

Problem

Depending on the estimate, children of mentally ill parents have a double to tenfold increased risk of developing a mental illness or other behavioral problems themselves. In Germany, around 25 percent of all children and adolescents live with a mentally ill parent and face particular questions, problems and burdens. In addition, the taboo surrounding mental illness makes it difficult to deal with the issue.

Solution

Kipkel offers free individual and group sessions without appointment for children and parents. The aim of this low-threshold offer is to provide preventive therapeutic help through child-appropriate education, strengthening of resources, relief and support for the family in building a helpful social network. The independence of Kipkel from other institutions lowers the inhibition threshold of an initial contact for many families.

Why we support the project

We believe that mental illness must be taken out of the taboo zone in order to protect families from social isolation and to break the vicious circle between parental mental illness and the associated risks for affected children. As a local project, Kipkel is a good addition to our project portfolio and helps “right on our doorstep”. Through direct personal contact, the project is particularly close to us, which is why we can always see where our donations are going.

Where we have our information from: Home (kipkel.de), Kipkel Stiftung (kipkel-stiftung.de), persönlicher Kontakt mit Mitgliedern

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