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Thank you to everyone who signed our petition calling for a safe, fair, inclusive and funded mental health system. The work of Tandem, along with all of the concerned organisations in the sector, made mental health a real issue at the state election.

The key commitment made by the now returned Andrews’ Labor Government is a Royal Commission into Mental Health proposed as a root and branch examination of the Victorian system to provide recommendations on how to fix what the Premier described as a ‘broken’ mental health system. Whether or not the Royal Commission will be useful hinges on how clearly it hears the experiences of people using the system.

Tandem’s advocacy work will continue in 2019. We will be using your stories to capture the voice of family and friends supporting someone with mental health issues, and will continue to call on your support and hope you will join us in what will be a historic moment for Victoria, one that we cannot afford to waste. 

SAFE | Mental health services are safe for all

All health services ensure the physical, sexual and psychological safety of the people who use them. We call on any future government to commit to working with consumers, family and friends, the workforce and service providers to build a mental health system and services that can keep people safe. Read more

FUNDED | Provide comprehensive and effective mental health services

A mental health sector that can only treat people in crisis will continue to struggle. Investment in community mental health and preventative services that are accessible to the 90,000 Victorians who need them is vital. We call upon parties that would form government to detail their plans for a fully rounded and effective mental health sector. Read more

INCLUSIVE | Support and strengthen engagement of family and friends in mental health services

Tandem believes that a mental health system should support the relationships of consumers and family and friends as they work towards recovery. We call on any party that seeks to form government to outline their plan to work with those with lived experience, the workforce and peak bodies to facilitate this change. Read more

FAIR | Family and friends can access tailored mental health supports and services that meet their needs

Providing support for someone shouldn’t come at a huge cost to family and friends, financially, socially, emotionally or physically. Any mental health system must include pathways for tailored services to enable family and friends to continue providing support while also living an active life. Read more

How can you help our campaign?

Work with others to create the change you want to see.

Sign the petition

We would like to hear from you

Tell us your experiences with the mental health system.

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