Tandem eNews 18 May 2021

Dear members and supporters,

We are resending yesterday’s edition of eNews, as we published an error in the progress update from Mental Health Reform Victoria. In the introduction to this section yesterday, we mistakenly referred to the Lived Experience Advisory Group as being from MHRV, which is not the case.

This has been corrected, and we apologise for the mistake.

Today’s version also contains a notice about Health Condition Support Grants available to Victorian peer support groups, so is well worth a reread!

We’re extending our survey one last time to capture the voices of as many family members and other carers and supporters as possible.

If you haven’t completed the survey yet, please do so today by clicking on this link.

Please also forward this edition of eNews or a link to the survey to your networks, and encourage anyone who has experience supporting a family member or friend with mental health issues to complete it.

There is a lot happening in mental health right now: in this edition of eNews we also have an update to share on how things are going with implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission’s interim report, as well as information on the Federal Budget and our commitment to promote equality for, and end discrimination against, the LGBTIQA+ community by signing the Embracing Equality Charter and Pledge.

We are pleased to let you know adults and children with underlying medical conditions(which includes those with severe mental health conditions) and their carers are eligible for phase 1b to receive a COVID – 19 vaccine.

Finally, don’t forget that Tandem Time is on next Thursday May 27, featuring guest speaker Rebecca Halpin from the Mental Health Priority Communities Division at Victoria Police. Rebecca will share information and hear your concerns about situations when you call the police for the person that you’re caring for or supporting.

    • Introduction: We extend our survey again
    • An update from Mental Health Reform Victoria
    • Our digest of recommendations 3-7
    • The Tandem team goes rainbow
      Tandem marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia
    • Tandem Time with Victoria Police
      What to expect when calling the police in a mental health crisis
    • Next Tandem Members Meeting – Thursday June 10
    • The Federal and State Budgets
      A short update on the Federal Government’s $2.3 billion mental health spend – plus what we know so far on the State Budget.
    • LGBTIQA+ Health and Wellbeing Reports
    • Health condition support grants program applications open
    • Tandem Support & Referral Line
    • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats

You can access the complete enews via this link: