OUR VISION

Families and friends of people affected by mental ill health are understood, respected, valued and supported to build their capacities and improve their quality of life.

2 Terry Street,
Glenorchy, 7010

OUR MISSION

To promote and improve the wellbeing of families and friends of people affected by mental ill health through support and education.

To provide systemic advocacy from a family and friends perspective drawing on lived experience to improve mental health services.

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    mental health families & friends TASMANIA is:

    The primary organisation providing systemic advocacy for and with mental health families and friends in Tasmania.


    We do this through:



    • Ensuring mental health families and friends have access to quality personal support, peer support and knowledge of available mental health services and families and friends support.
    • Providing training, education and information for mental health families and friends about the practical aspects of advocating for their care recipient and building their own capacity to continue to provide support.
    • Providing families and friends with relevant information on current policies in relation to mental health funding of services both locally and nationally and avenues to provide feedback on their implementation.
    • Ensuring mental health families and friends have input to research development and implementation.
    • Recruiting, training and supporting mental health families and friends to participate in our Families and Friends Representation Program which ensures their perspective is represented on Tasmania’s Mental Health Services committees, staff selection panels and consultation forums.
    • Supporting Statewide Mental Health Services to consult with and learn from mental health families and friends.
    • Representing the “Caring Voice” across Government and non-Government Mental Health Services in how to engage with mental health families and friends .


    We are not a crisis intervention service. If you need urgent help:



    • Call Emergency Services – Police, Fire, Ambulance 000
    • Go to your nearest hospital emergency service
    • Call Mental Health Triage Helpline - 1800 332 388
    • Call Life Line - 13 11 14

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