Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania is an advocacy organisation that focuses on reducing the stigma affecting the family members and the friends who provide unpaid social, financial, emotional, and practical support to someone living with mental ill-health and or AOD use. To do this, Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania systemically advocates for the rights and needs of families and friends in their caring roles.
The Family and Friend Representative Program provides a pathway for government services, such as Statewide Mental Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Alcohol and Drug Services, and Community Managed services, to request mental health and AOD families and friends to use their experiences and knowledge to influence change in those services.
Anyone who supports a friend or family member with their mental ill health and or AOD use, has engaged with ANY Mental Health and or AOD services, government and community based are able to be involved. The biggest “pre-requisite” is lived experience. Education, support, guidance, and empowerment will be available.
When receive a request, we select the Representative based on experience, knowledge, and skills that match the request.
Family and Friend Representatives have and continue to participate in activities, such as:
Helping to select person-oriented, family-inclusive, and trauma-informed staff
Helping to review, develop, and deliver person-oriented, family-inclusive, and trauma-informed services and programs
The role of the representatives sitting on these committees and panels is to represent themselves and other families and friends. Their role is to give their thoughts, opinions, ask questions, and, at the very least, be present to ensure that the committee, the working group, and the panels, are thinking about families and friends. The contributions and engagements aim to ensure the needs and rights of families and friends are recognised and considered.
You will be remunerated for your time and expertise. Your involvement will be supported, guided, and empowered by the organisation and those requesting a Representative.
For more information:
Phone: 03 6228 7448 or 0429 121 576