Tandem believes that the Royal Commission needs to hear the lived experience voices of consumers and family and friends (carers). The real stories of those of you out in the community carry more power and authenticity than any study.
If you would like to contribute your story so Tandem can use it in our advocacy work you can do so below. See Esther’s or Peter's story for an example of how Tandem would like to work with you to bring your story to the Commission.
Please feel free to contact us directly on 1800 314 325. We look forward to assisting you to prepare your own submissions about both your experience with the Victorian mental health system and what you believe support provided by the system would include.
Esther's story | "It’s disgraceful. It’s disgraceful that we’ve let this go on for so long. We must do more. Safety is a basic human right and if we can’t guarantee that in state care than we are failing as a society to meet our most basic obligations to one another." Read more
Peter's story | "I work in the mental health community-managed services. We deal with people here in Barwon who need support to maintain a roof over their heads. In the past, many people who we saw as vulnerable to homelessness were utilising services funded via the MHCSS and working closely with supporters and other advocates. As these services disappear – keeping in mind that the NDIS isn’t replacing these with like for like services – these relationships break down and these people then come to us for crisis accommodation and homelessness support." Read more