DO you know someone who is experiencing mental ill health? Are you doing your best to support them but still have so many questions? Then this is for you!
In June this year Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania (MHFFTas) launched its self-advocacy program.
The program includes a 70-plus page booklet featuring key tools to help support people advocate for themselves; a digital version of the booklet with links to further resources; and a series of workshops delivered by award- winning facilitator Jonathan Bedloe.
Each five-hour workshop includes morning and afternoon tea and catered lunch. For the workshops to have maximum impact, spaces are limited to small groups of 10. So, it’s important to book your place today.
To be eligible to attend, you don’t need to be a formal, paid carer, but you do need to be aged 18-plus and supporting a family member or friend who is experiencing mental ill health.
Perhaps you support your cousin with weekly check-in phone calls; or you take your sibling to their medical appointments; or you live with someone who experiences mental health concerns from excessive use of alcohol or other drugs.
Whatever form your support takes, your experience and confidentiality will be respected and heard not only by the workshop facilitator but also by the co-facilitators who are also mental health support people, just like you.
MHFFTas is delivering a total of 13 workshops across the state in September, starting at its office in Glenorchy before visiting Huonville, Dover, Swansea, Scottsdale, Launceston, Queenstown, Burnie, Devonport, King Island, Sorell (26 September), New Norfolk (27 September) and Campbell Town.
For workshop details and bookings, please visit mhfamiliesfriendstas.org. au/events/workshops, or go to the MHFFTas Facebook page.