Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people in our community

One of the most pressing needs in today’s society is to provide accommodation and care for disadvantaged people living with enduring serious mental illness.
 


 

WHO WE ARE

Hobart Hamlet Association Tasmania Inc. (established February 2013) is a group of parents who have joined together for the common purpose of establishing a better model of supported housing for people with serious mental illness in Hobart.
 
Each member has an adult son or daughter who has a serious mental illness.
 
Each member has spent years battling the maze of mental health services.
 
Each member is completely frustrated at the lack of sufficient, appropriate supported accommodation available for people with mental illness in Hobart.
 
We are a group of parents, busy combining our own working life and simultaneously being carers.
 


THE HARD TRUTH

Our research indicates that there is a huge gap in Hobart between need and available services for people who are seriously ill but still have the potential to lead a “contributing life”.
 
The ​Schizophrenia Research Institute​ tells us that approximately 1 in 100 people in Australia have or will develop schizophrenia. It is a major cause of suicide with 50% of sufferers attempting self-harm.
 
Schizophrenia costs Australia around $2.6 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.