MHFFTas provides systemic advocacy from a family and friends perspective drawing on lived experience to improve mental health services.
Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania (MHFFTas) is a statewide leader in the provision of mental health families and friends support.
We aim to improve the quality of life for the one in five Tasmanian families, friends, carers and people living with mental health issues and mental illness.
Mental health families and friends are people who provide unpaid physical, practical or emotional support to a family member, friends, neighbours or colleagues with mental ill health
We Do This By:
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 .