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“I’m signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.“
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81 people have pledged their support.

Tandem calls for support from all parties for safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health services.

Sign today if you share our vision for a mental health sector where:

  • Mental health services are safe for all.
  • Investment is made to deliver a comprehensive and effective mental health system, that includes re-building our community mental health sector to provide preventative and therapeutic services for the 90,000 Victorians who need it outside the clinical system or the NDIS.
  • Families, friends and other supporters of consumers are respectfully included in the recovery journey in services.
  • Providing informal care doesn’t prevent you from living your own life to the full.

Thank you.

 

 

 


Your messages of support


I'm signing because its for my own mental health needs & requirements to be met plus support me as a sole care giver for my son.

Sue, 3216.

I'm signing because I suffer from a mental illness and cant access services because im over 65 8

Susan, 3136.

I'm signing because our current Mental Health System cannot cope effectively with adults suffering addiction. Places like EPARCS do not have sufficient funding to provide effective activities and preventative programs to help clients and many are discharged when they are not ready. We desperately need better residential facilities / housing for people who do function well but need some support to learn to live independently. We need more places like the HAVEN , in Frankston. We do not need SRS's and institution like facilities which are depressing and can be detrimental to the recovery of a person suffering mental health issues. Most SRS's are independently run and are filthy and depressing!

Lorraine, 3918.

I'm signing because I fear the wellbeing of consumers and carers who do not qualify for the NDIS and the lack of community supports will further overload the clinical system.

Paula, 3134.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

judith, 3187.

I'm signing because Victoria needs a better standard of mental health care.

Peter, 3171.

I'm signing because MH services in Victoria are in crisis. Increased pressure is on Families and carers. We need a safe, funded and inclusive mental health system.

Kathy , 3134.

I'm signing because my daughter has a long term psychiatric illness and needs more support.

Judith, 3204.

I'm signing because the mental health care system in Australia is broken. Way back to the 90s Burdekin Report, we’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for substantial improvement being established and delivered. Now I’ve lost patience. Fix it now.

Toni, 3145.

I'm signing because mental health affects everyone and the services should be for everyone!

Kelly, 3067.

I'm signing because the impact of mental illness in my family has been huge and as a young carer the social disadvantage and difficulties have had a lasting effect. One parent affected by severe mental health and traumatic hospitalisations and I have struggled with my own mental health, my financials, my study, maintaining my employment. I had a pension card since I was 22 and accessing community health long term and regularly. This was preventable at the acute stage, instead of falling through the cracks and needing police involvement. Not enough coordinated work by key clinicians to work with children as hidden carers and build /strengthen family capacity. Better provisions of care and working with families is desperately needed- so more people who are children of a parent requiring extended hospitalization do not end up like me- excluded from participation and involvement and with a diagnosis of complex trauma, BPD, anxiety and depression because the system failed to address these 10 year issues earlier. We need funding and innovative models of care that truely work with families and carers instead of paying lipservice to it. One parent affect by mental illness. 3 children with long-term mental health issues and difficulties sustaining participation in secondary and finishing tertiary studies, and maintaining meaningful employment.

Jessica, 3067.

I'm signing because I believe mental health is severely under funded. Many people fall through the cracks thanks to shut-downs of supporting organisations due in part to the introduction of the NDIS. This has been a disaster for many people who are mentally unwell, but don't meet the criteria for the NDIS.

Aime, 3216.

I'm signing because as a family we are suffering terribly because of my daughter's mental illness and lack of support provided by the Public Mental Health System. There is a severe shortage of Acute Beds in all Major Victorian Hospitals and this combined with a lack of investment in staffing in all areas of Mental Health makes this a real tragedy for many people.

Fiona, 3149.

I'm signing because as the mother of a son diagnosed with Schizophrenia we 100% need these improvements made to our Mental health system.

Cheryl, 3188.

I'm signing because Victoria's Mental Health system is broken. People with mental illness deserve a first class mental healthcare system. The burden placed on carers is intolerable.

Pauline , 3926.

I'm signing because recovery occurs in a family or community context. Creative choices and preventative supports need to be alongside clinical options. Want a coordinated and flourishing community MH sector

Rose, 3175.

I'm signing because the mental health care system is broken and needs urgent repair.

Toni, 3145.

I'm signing because given the roll out of NDIS, Carer's have been left to advocate through a system that is confusing and convoluted, particularly when the application is rejected . I believe that mental health services should be available to all, in order to support a safe, fully funded and inclusive mental health service.

Kirsty, 3977.

I'm signing because I I care for my husband who has a mental illness & I believe we could have a much better mental health service

Denise, 3280.

The system TRAUMATISED my daughter for 20 years(so far).

Genny, 3161.

Services have to improve and look like being deleted instead!

Eleanor, 3143.

I'm signing because My daughter needs all the help we can give her and it’s not fair on other families who are also struggling to cope .

Shane , 4053.

I'm signing because I am affected by this issue

Kristy , 4053.

I'm signing because it is imperative that our mental health services are vastly improved for the benefit of consumers, their families and other carers; that professional mental health workers are better trained and supported in their professional capacities. In the long run, this will also be of benefit to governments, because at present , the failure of decent mental health services means that far too many people have become homeless or are in prison, or need far too many psychiatric hospital admissions. These latter services are extremely costly; much more costly than appropriate care in the community

Margaret, 3054.

I'm signing because I believe that Victoria would benefit from a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system that is available to everyone in the Victorian population.

Caroline, 3150.

I'm signing because I am concerned at how little funding and services there are available to people affected by mental illness. With the transition of the NDIS in Victoria there will be fewer services available to fund mental health services which will result in thousands of people being left without any supports which will result in increased admissions to hospital, crime and suicides.

Tali , 3021.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system. Community Mental Health Services and Carer Support Services are invaluable to so many. The NDIS has fractured these exclusive services and lost hundreds of dedicated mental health workers in its wake this has left so many vulnerable people out in the cold, it's a disgrace!!

Liz, 3371.

I'm signing because I am appalled at the current mental health system and the impact of the NDIS on community health services. It will only be through funding mental health in the same way as physical health that the sytem will be adequate.

Nyorie, 3199.

Human rights for the mentally ill.

Eleanor, 3143.

I'm signing because the current mental health system in Victoria is in complete disarray. Community services have been dismantled and in the process the loss of a large number of trained mental health staff has been a tragedy. In- patient units are under extreme pressure and admissions can be almost more traumatising than denial of service....however, to turn away individuals desperate for help happens in no other field of medicine and is a disgrace. Services are severely underfunded and are completely inadequate. Drug and alcohol facilities are very poorly integrated within the system.

Penny, 3205.

I’m signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

Andrew, 3021.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

Janice, 3155.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

Frances, 3095.

I'm signing because Victoria needs community mental health services that are provided outside the NDIS. People are losing their supports, others are falling through the cracks, clinical services are already strained, and it is a recipe for crisis. Community mental health services such as MHCSS and PHAMS are being closed, and are supposed to be being replaced by NDIS services. However, it is becoming clear that the majority of people who have mental illness, including very debilitating and disabling illness, are not going to be eligible or able to access the NDIS. Community mental health services such as PHAMS have provided a cheap solution to the problems of an overburdened clinical mental health system. They have been invaluable to many individuals who would otherwise be utterly isolated, and have provided the mental health help that has prevented many people from reaching an acute level of illness. PLEASE fund community mental health, outside of NDIS. NDIS is not a sufficient replacement for community mental health services.

Vivienne, 3020.

I'm signing because I want necessary community mental health supports available for everyone who needs it.

Simon, 3134.

I'm signing because I strongly believee Victorians deserves a safe, fully funded, fair and inclusive mental health system

Manik, 3174.

I'm signing because in a first world country our mental health system should be so well funded that those with disadvantage are not further disadvantaged by failures in the mental health system. Let's have a system that enables people, that enables them to realistically aspire to live a full a life.

Chris, 3191.

I'm signing because there still needs to be access to community mental health for those in need. We can't expect people to wait months upon months for treatment or wait until people are at their worst to receive treatment.

Braiden, 3216.

I'm signing because Tandems advocacy campaign represents the goals I want for improving mental health carer support throughout Victoria.

Matthew, 3184.

I'm signing because I believe everyone deserves to live a life of fulfillment.

Julia, 3013.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

Patricia, 3030.

I'm signing because mental health carers deserve all the support and recognition they can get.

Katrina, 3825.

I'm signing because it is shameful that in Australia, where general health outcomes are excellent, outcomes within the mental health system are behind many third world outcomes and victims often leave our mental 'health services' traumatized and unable to find help within our (so-called) sophisticated health system.

Judi, 3162.

I’m signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe, funded, inclusive and fair mental health system.

Zoe, 3013.

I'm signing because there are many reasons for signing this. We need a better service, families need to be included in the treatment and recovery journey. NDIS is not doing enough to include all clients and their carers who are all falling through the gaps.

Judy, 3910.

I'm signing because family and friends of consumers should be acknowledged and respected in their caring journey.

Robbert, 3182.

I'm signing because mental health support has been inadequate for too long

Lindy, 3461.

I'm signing because enough is enough! Family members need to be recognized for the vital role they can play in the recovery of the person they support and love. This cant happen without staff believing this work is supported by their services and is core business! Just throwing money at the system wont change anything on the ground lets see targeted change and investment PLEASE??

Marie, 3113.

I'm signing because we’ve had 20 years of trying to get help for our daughter who had to put herself in very dangerous situations to survive until her family was able to talk to Drs and clinicians. Our lives have been turned upside down and our financial future has been decimated because of our broken mental health system. It’s doesn’t care about our loved ones and it doesn’t care for the people that are supporting their loved ones when our useless mental health system is failing us.

Judy, 3910.

I'm signing because I have seen first hand, the inter-generational trauma caused by gaps in the current system. Expectations on families place them in situations of physical and emotional risk, in an unsustainable way. We must do better.

Tania , 3103.

I'm signing because I want families, friends and other supporters of consumers respectfully included in the recovery journey in services.

Murray, 4567.

I'm signing because I believe Victoria deserves a safe and effective mental health system.

Andrew, 3067.

Investment is made to deliver effective and vital treatment in the community. Re-building our community mental health sector to provide preventative and therapeutic treatment for the 90,000 Victorians who need it outside the clinical system or the NDIS.

Gary, 3322.

I'm signing because I'm greatly concerned that Victoria's community mental health services have all but been destroyed by transfer of funds to NDIS.

Colin, 3182.

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