mivoice pathways to a home
Meet New Yorkâ€™s Housing First founder Sam Tsemberis at the 10th annual Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture Thursday 22 May 2008
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from our president It seems that MI Voice readers are ahead of the rest of the country. Last year you rated housing as the top federal issue relating
We need to ensure that people with a mental illness
to mental illness in the Australia Talks Mental Illness 2007
are heard along with the other groups arguing – quite
survey. Well in 2008 the rest of the country, the media and
rightly – for more affordable housing and emergency
most importantly, the government, are joining the call.
Don’t pop the champagne just yet but there is some
The challenge of housing is daunting – but at least it is being
movement at the station - specifically about the battle
fought. Mental Illness Fellowship is not fighting the battle
against homelessness and the need for low cost rental
alone. The Mental Health Council of Australia and Mental
properties. No group is affected more by these issues than
Illness Fellowship of Australia are also making substantial
people with a mental illness.
contributions to the debate to ensure that the needs of
There are many reasons behind homelessness – from
people with mental illness for a home are better met.
housing affordability and unemployment to domestic
In the last issue of MI Voice I flagged a constitutional
violence and family breakdown. However there is too
amendment that will be put to members at this year’s
strong a link between mental illness and all of these.
AGM. Succession planning for the Board was an item
It doesn’t have to be so.
that was raised in the ‘board self assessment’, completed
One way to lessen the numbers of people falling into homelessness and sub-standard accommodation is by strengthening the community-based services that we deliver. Home-based outreach, longer term residential options, family education and employment programs stop people becoming homeless. We also want some public housing stock prioritised for people with a mental illness. These programs are proven to help people with mental illness recover more quickly. No people should live on the streets in a country as wealthy as Australia.
early last year. There was general agreement that although the nine year limit was introduced in line with governance ‘best practice’ at the time, it has the potential to create more problems than it solves, particularly given the challenges of attracting appropriately qualified board members. It was recommended that this policy be reviewed with the aim of amending the MI Fellowship Constitution to remove this limitation on tenure. I have agreed to champion this process of amendment, but will still retire from the Board myself at the end of my current term of appointment. The formal amendment will be published in the next
We Victorians recently learnt that land is being rezoned to
edition of MI Voice as formal notification. Meanwhile,
create 90,000 residential blocks in an attempt to address
I would welcome any feedback/comments from you
the housing crisis. MI Fellowship wants to see more low
regarding this amendment.
cost rental properties created, places where people with a mental illness can find long term homes as part of their recovery like those discussed on page 8. The Hon. Robert Knowles AO
www.mifellowship.org index news bites p3 | Sam Tsemberis and housing first p4 | dual diagnosis programs p6 | CGEA graduates p7 | people and their stories p8 | from our chief executive p9 | financial planning p10 | PARC expansion p11 | new website p12
MI Fellowship has gone to the dogs Our dog was Traveller, or Tiger as he is known around the kennels. Ten of us watched him come third in his first heat at Shepparton, which qualified him to run in the second heat in Bendigo. We were addicted. And the word soon spread, with TAB receiving bets across the state from Shepparton to Fairfield and beyond. In the sweltering heat at Bendigo race track 17 of us waited nervously while tucking into a barbecue and refreshments supplied by Greyhound Racing Victoria. Our hearts leapt as the barriers were drawn and there Tiger is pictured with Noela Hill
was a flash of colour streaming in the distance behind a bright orange bunny.
Doggone! You can see how some people become
We were soon to learn that the bunnyâ€™s life had been
addicted to the track. Last year our Hume region
spared by a considerate Traveller who ran fifth.
programs were invited to participate in The Great Chase, an event organised and hosted by Greyhound Racing Victoria.
That was the end of our involvement in The Great Chase for 2007. However, we did have a lot of fun, learned about the Greyhound Adoption Program and fell in love
We were nominated a greyhound and invited to follow him
with our little Tiger. We will definitely be lining up again.
through to the finals. The organisation whose dog won or
Who knows, 2008 may just be our year.
was placed at each race would receive prize money.
and the winners are...
In late 2007 Austar, the country version of FOXTEL, put out a call for submissions of community based projects in Shepparton and surrounding areas that could use a grant of $5000. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria put forward the School Talks program that delivers fun, flexible and interactive sessions in high schools across the Hume region. School Talks was selected out of more than 26 to be in the final five in the running for the grand prize. These
Noela Hill, Cindy McCurdy and Amanda Challis. (Courtesy of The Shepparton Adviser).
were then profiled in The Shepparton Adviser which
It is not often that a mental health focused project is
published voting forms over a period of three weeks.
considered at the same level within the community as other
The community was asked to vote for the project they
more popular groups such as the CWA, Salvation Army,
thought most deserving of the $5000.
Little Athletics or Kiwanis House Special Needs Centre.
It was a fantastic achievement and great publicity for
On December 12 we were announced winner of the
MI Fellowship as the competition was publicised through
grand prize. It proves that sometimes we underestimate
the newspaper and the local radio station 3SR FM. We
and undervalue our presence in the community and the
were able to promote our presence in the region, as well
impact we have, even on the people who have never
as the successful program we have been running in local
used our services.
schools for the past two years. cover illustration by 4 year old Willem Gorissen
give me a house first
Last year in our federal election campaign, our national survey Australians Talk Mental Illness put housing and housing support as the number one issue of most concern for people with mental illness, their families and friends. Since then Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria has been developing advocacy strategies to put much greater emphasis and more resources into addressing the issue. A housing policy project officer was recently employed to survey models and options and some negotiations have begun with private developers and housing agencies to explore real and sustainable options. This year’s Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture will be
one wishes to live. So many people with mental illness
delivered by Dr Sam Tsemberis, the founder of the
and their families describe situations where adults
Housing First movement in the United States, which
with mental illness still live with their parents well into
looks to provide people with mental illness who are
their forties and fifties only because there are no other
homeless long-term housing tenure. Dr Tsemberis will
options. Elderly parents continually tell us that they
present the successful model and the principles which
are worried about what will happen to their son or
underpin its success. The lecture will also explore the
daughter when they die, simply because there has
model’s transferability to the Australian context. We will
been no opportunity for the person with a mental illness
ensure Dr Tsemberis also has the opportunity to speak
to develop independent living skills.
with politicians and other public policy makers.
In the broad consideration of homelessness and housing
Meanwhile, the new federal government is moving
support, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria will do its
quickly on housing and has commissioned a white paper
best to ensure your voices
on homelessness. Tony Nicholson, executive director of
and your concerns
Brotherhood of St Laurence, will chair the group who will
get a hearing.
write the paper. In our advocacy, we will endeavour to ensure that a broad definition of homelessness is agreed on. Homelessness is not just about having a roof over one’s head, but having choices about where and how
As a lead in to the lecture, we will have a public forum on mental illness and housing exclusion on April 15 2008, 6.30pm-8.30pm at Fairfield Place. Come and have your say.
For your diary Dr Sam Tsemberis 10th Bruce Woodcock lecture May 22, 6pm, BMW Edge Theatre Federation Square Melbourne
pathways pioneer gets results Sam Tsemberis established
Dr Tsemberis also assists agencies in cities around
the Housing First movement
the United States to develop Housing First programs.
in the United States and
These programs successfully demonstrate that providing
advocates for housing as
people with their own housing is a powerful first step
a basic right for all people,
towards recovery rather than a distant goal to be
including those who have
achieved only after their psychiatric symptoms and
been turned away from other
addictions have been stabilised.
programs because of active substance abuse and refusal to participate in psychiatric treatment. He founded the not for profit organisation Pathways to Housing in New York in 1992.
A faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry, New York University, Dr Tsemberisâ€™s research and innovations have received wide recognition from sources including the Center for Mental Health Services, the National
Pathways to Housing, which he directs, provides
Alliance to End Homelessness, and the United States
immediate access to independent permanent apartments
Interagency Council on Homelessness. In October
to individuals who are homeless and who have
2005 Pathways received the American Psychiatric
psychiatric disabilities and addictions. It is an intensely
Association psychiatric services gold award for programs
client-driven program that is based on the philosophy
for community mental health. There are currently more
that consumers can determine their own destinies.
than 15 replications of the Pathways program across the
Pathways to Housing separates housing from treatment.
country each achieving remarkable success in ending
It treats homelessness by providing people with
homelessness for people with psychiatric disabilities.
apartments, and then treats mental illness by intensive and individualised programs that actively work with
clients to address their emotional, psychiatric, medical and human needs.
celebrating 10 years of the Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture Ten years ago, Frank and Patricia
by challenging the stigma and
Woodcock approached Mental Illness
discrimination that surrounds mental
Fellowship Victoria with a vision. That
illness and exploring what was possible
vision was to bring to the attention of
for people with mental illness. Frank had
the community important issues that
wanted to leave money to MI Fellowship
affected people with mental illness
in his will, but had decided that it could be
and their families. Their son Bruce had
put to good use now. Out of this was born
schizophrenia, and tragically, like so many
the Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture.
other people who experience the often tumultuous and difficult symptoms of this illness, took his own life. Frank and Patricia wanted to honour his memory
For a retrospective look at the Woodcock lectures since 1999 and what they have achieved go to www.mifellowship.org
Frank and Patricia Woodcock (centre) with Elizabeth Crowther (left), Rob and Adel Merola (SEW Eurodrive)
mental illness education dual diagnosis programs on offer
Well Ways Duo was a great chance to learn more about the
The Well Ways family education program for dual
illnesses, the similarities and interaction between drug use and
diagnosis, now known as Well Ways Duo (formerly
mental illness, along with the resources available to both carers
Double Trouble), is being offered in metropolitan
and people affected by a dual diagnosis.
Melbourne throughout 2008. If you have a family member with mental illness and substance use problems, the Well Ways Duo program is for you.
causes, symptoms and treatment options of various mental
In addition to the invaluable information provided, a particularly beneficial aspect of the program was the opportunity to talk to other people in similar situations.
It aims to increase the capacity of families and friends
The warm and friendly environment offered a confidential
of people with dual diagnosis to care effectively for
and non-judgmental atmosphere where thoughts, concerns
themselves, the person with the dual diagnosis and other
or questions could be freely expressed, and as the support
network grew stronger throughout the program, it was
A participant from the program in 2007 writes: Having recently completed the Well Ways Duo program, I found the experience to be extremely beneficial, as a family member, to better understand, cope with and inform myself of my loved one’s illness.
feelings were both common and normal. Above all, Well Ways Duo helped me to improve my understanding of life from my loved one’s perspective, and also helped me to better understand myself and my role as a carer. Overall, the program proved to be a very positive and rewarding experience. Davina
invitation We invite you to phone and book yourself and family members in to a program. There are three choices for the first half of 2008.
refreshing to find out that my experiences, thoughts and
Tuesdays April 1- May 6 (Heidelberg)
Mondays June 2 - July 21 (Fairfield) To be confirmed
Wednesdays May 28 - July 2 (South Yarra)
Phone Rosemary Baker (03) 84864232
give me a break Recent government funding has increased respite
What is ‘flexible respite’?
services available to people with mental illness, their
Flexible respite options include:
families and friends.
• Camps and family holidays – camps are usually tailored
A number of community agencies, including Mental Illness
to a specific group, for example a cultural group, or have
Fellowship Victoria, were recently successful in obtaining
a particular theme.
funding for additional flexible respite services. This funding will help establish new respite services across Australia. Ongoing funding will be available through Commonwealth carer respite centres in each region. Why new funding? Current respite options for people with a mental illness and their families and friends are not available in many areas of Victoria, and only offer some types, such as planned residential respite where people must book
• Short notice respite – when families are experiencing sudden increased stress, for example, when an elderly carer needs to go to hospital. Short notice respite is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Occasion limited/in-home/individually tailored respite – every respite situation is unique. A tailored respite plan is developed taking into account the setting and timing required as well as individual needs.
a holiday in advance. This new funding is targeted at
How do I access flexible respite?
providing a range of flexible respite options, such as
Contact your nearest Commonwealth carer respite centre by
those that Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria currently
contacting FREECALL 1800 059 059. The respite centre will
offer in the east and north west metro areas.
talk to you about your needs, and link you with a respite provider in your area to provide the services that you require.
charting a new course Congratulations to students from Fairfield Place
that meant she had a special place for organisations
and from the first Frankston Certificate in General
like ours. Both Matt and Jo expressed how moved they
Education for Adults who gathered for a graduation
were at hearing the personal stories of people who rang
ceremony on December 17 last year. This nationally
to give money for the treadmill fundraiser. They will
recognised training designed by Mental Illness
continue to be patrons for the program in Frankston.
Fellowship Victoria helps people with mental illness who have fallen out of mainstream education to return to study, gain confidence and achieve a certificate level qualification as a pathway to further study or employment. People fall out of education because of episodic illness and the failure of mainstream educational institutions to make reasonable accommodation for people with mental illness.
This year in Frankston, a Certificate III in General Education for Adults will be offered for the first time. This level of certificate offers much greater scope for entry into employment. At the graduation, education services manager Bernadette Doyle made a request for 10 laptops for the students starting the course in 2008. All of their course work will be completed using the laptops. During the afternoon tea at the graduation,
The course has been running for three years at Fairfield
the executive director of SEW Eurodrive, Rob Merola,
and was piloted in Frankston this year with the generous
announced that he had spoken to his IT unit and SEW
support of Jo Stanley and Matt Tilley of FOX FM’s Matt
Eurodrive would donate 10 new laptops for the students.
& Jo breakfast show. In October 2006, Matt spent the entire breakfast show on a treadmill aiming to run 40km and asking businesses to sponsor him “a K for a K” – 42 mainly small businesses rang in and by the end of the breakfast show $42,000 had been raised – that funded the pilot course in Frankston. At the graduation Matt and Jo spoke about their
We thank Matt & Jo for their patronage and SEW Eurodrive, who have contributed more than $1million to MI Fellowship over the past 10 years for their seemingly endless generosity and support. Later this year, the Certificate 11 in General Education for Adults course will also be piloted in Shepparton.
motivation for their extraordinary commitment. Jo spoke
For further information on the courses, contact
of her experience of mental illness in her own family
Bernadette Doyle at Fairfield Place on 03 8486 4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A special group for grandparents who play an important role with their grandchildren due to the children’s parent being unwell, will have their next meeting Tuesday April 8, 7-9pm at Drummond Street Relationship Centre, Carlton. There will be a speaker and discussion on parenting as a grandparent. Call 96636733 if you want to attend.
home at last
people and their stories
Kate and her son had been living in a caravan park
It’s a great relief to be in a safe place. There’s a lot more security
before moving into a Community Housing Limited
in having a place I’m not going to get kicked out of.
(CHL) unit in Carrum Downs this year made possible by Kim Henderson, MI Fellowship intensive outreach worker in Frankston. This is Kate’s story. My son and I had been living in a caravan by the beach for a couple of months because I just couldn’t find any other cheap accommodation.
Last year the DHS told me I was going to be waiting another nine years before I could be housed permanently. My stress levels would go up and I’d never know from one week to the next where we would be living. I’ve had eight or nine transitional homes and there was an area where I didn’t want to live in public housing. My problem
I don’t have family support here. My son was born in
was drinking and smoking pot and I turned back to that if
England and I get no support from his father. He’s 11.
I was in the wrong place.
We’ve been seeing specialists for years. A facial nerve
Previously, I’ve been in domestic violence situations, lost
was damaged in a domestic violence situation and he’s
everything a couple of times over and was eventually forced
had several operations on his face for nerve replacements.
into the caravan.
He has to have more surgery soon and I wanted a place for him to come home from hospital and recover. The caravan was too small. My son slept in the bed with me, it was very cold all the time and cost nearly $200 a week, then there was electricity. I couldn’t afford to run a heater, food on top, then on top of that a child who had to have
This house is better than anywhere I’ve been in the last seven or eight years because it’s permanent. It’s got two bedrooms, there’s plenty of room for us but I can’t have anyone else moving in which is better for me and my son; it’s private and the rent is manageable, $125 a week. It’s around $220 a week market value.
surgery. I needed to get out of the caravan park so my
It’s all brand new. I love it. It has made me feel a lot more at
son wouldn’t get an infection after coming out of hospital.
ease, comfortable and happier. I have a much better lifestyle. The bathroom is very well ventilated; there’s ducted heating, plants in the patio area and a garden shed. I have everything I need. Naturally my son feels great having his own room. He feels quite safe and seems to like his own space. Really he’s a changed individual. He’s a lot better at school than he was, he’s getting better marks and his whole life has changed. I have a back injury from a car accident but eventually I would like to go back to work. Kim was an inspiration. MI Fellowship has been very helpful. Obviously it will take little steps. I see people for support and my son has support as well. But we are better off now than we’ve been for years. I have a better chance of recovery here. I’m only speaking for myself, but I know they all do in these houses here. Kim Henderson was able to place another six tenants in the same complex of 24 units, and a family in a new house in Berwick, all developed by CHL, a developer committed to affordable housing for people in need. The units are designated
Kate with fellow tenants Andrew Holack and Robert Taylor.
park bench observations of daily life
for elderly, people with disabilities and the homeless.
Peter Barker the cartoonist behind the Park Bench cartoons usually seen in this space has put down his pen. We thank him for his astute observations of daily life. His back catalogue is soon to be exhibited on our new website in the gallery section.
from our chief executive It is estimated in official figures that around 100,000 people every night in Australia are without a roof over their head. These figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics
It is in this broad context that Mental Illness Fellowship
are, of course, a considerable underestimation. On the
Victoria seeks to argue the case for housing options for
night of the 1996 and 2001 censuses, many people did
people with mental illness and seeks to have a proportion
not fill out a census form. People living on the streets
of housing dollars quarantined for people with mental illness.
do not have mailboxes. They do not have an address. They do not receive mail.
Dr Sam Tsemberis, who will deliver the annual Bruce Woodcock memorial lecture in May this year, has
But homelessness is not just about a roof over one’s
developed a successful model in New York that may
head. Homelessness is also about those who are
have some merit in Australia. Already in Australia there
marginalised and have no options for housing. It is clear
are social housing and affordable housing models
from our surveys of members in the past two years that
operating, but these are not even nearly meeting the need.
this is exactly the situation for many families. People with mental illness are often still living with ageing parents because there have simply been no suitable alternative options available.
The housing debate in Australia over the next months will be important in setting future directions of public policy. The current public debate centres on housing, rather than the creation of conditions that enable people
Housing affordability has been put at the front and centre
with a mental illness to access and maintain a home.
of public policy debate in the past year. Anyone spending
The development of models that take into account the
more than a third of their income on housing is considered
specific needs of people with mental illnesses must
to be in housing stress. This means that many low income
be central to any housing discussion. I encourage you
and even middle income earners are in housing stress.
to contribute to the debate to ensure that people with
Successive interest rate rises have meant more and more
mental illness and their families are not marginalised yet
Australians fall into this category and economic indicators
again. I look forward to seeing you at the lecture and our
suggest there is worse to come. The new Rudd government
associated forums to help us argue for a better future.
has commissioned a white paper and the committee established is asked to report in August this year. Stable and secure housing is a problem of epic proportions. Among the homeless population many are trying to
Our website has taken a great leap forward. Along with our free e-newsletter MI Voice Update, www.mifellowship.org promises to deliver more news, to more people, more often, more enjoyably.
manage mental illness. It is recognised that mental illness can be both a cause and a consequence of homelessness. It is hard to imagine a more stressful
situation than not knowing where one might sleep night after night. And we know that high stress exacerbates symptoms of illness.
dates for your diary in 2008 Schizophrenia Awareness Week – 18-25 May | Woodcock Memorial Lecture – 22 May | Mental Health Week – 5-12 October | Open Mind Fiesta – Sunday 12 October | Carers Week – 13-19 October | AGM, Awards and Forum – Friday 17 October | Volunteer thank you party – Wednesday 3 December | Find out more about all activities by calling 03 8486 4200 or visit www.mifellowship.org
future planning trusts, wills and financial planning for your loved one with a mental illness In January this year, a group of 10 members gathered
• Inaccessible legal language when trying to set up plans
to open up discussion about effective ways to plan
The group brainstormed various potential avenues for
for the financial future of their loved ones with a
further exploration, including:
mental illness. Each member told their story and briefly outlined what plans they currently had in place. Concerns and issues raised included:
• Ongoing case management of financial affairs from a long-term case manager • Guardianship Board developing long-term volunteer
• Upholding the rights and dignity of the person when financial guardianship is in the hands of a legal firm
financial guardians program • Current programs that offer assistance, including Office
• Impact of monies left in trust on Disability Support Pension entitlements
of Housing programs • Pro bono legal representation schemes and programs
• Expectation on siblings/other family members to take
Having shared individual stories and current financial
on a financial management role when parents are no
arrangements, it was agreed by the group that there
longer able to, and the impact of this on relationships
is no “one size fits all” solution, but nevertheless the
• Lack of flexibility when using a trustee firm
sharing of different ideas and solutions was valuable.
• Lack of capacity to set up ongoing financial
The group agreed to meet again to further plans and
arrangements that reflect the episodic nature of some
intends to run a members forum this year to invite a
mental illnesses ie people are often well enough to
wider group of people into the conversation, so watch
manage their own money but get locked into very
inflexible financial arrangements, limiting their capacity for self-determination
Many thanks to John Lerk, whose initiative led to the formation of this group. We hope that as it progresses it will bear fruit for many of us.
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria invites you to a public forum...
mental illness and housing exclusion Having a home is a fundamental human right. But every
homelessness are increasingly voiced by employed dual
night too many Australians can’t even access crisis
income professionals. So where do people who have a mental
accommodation. Research by the Australian Institute
illness fit into this picture?
of Health and Welfare indicates that housing crisis services are unable to assist 350 people per day – the majority of whom are women and children.
The forum will explore issues that people with mental illness face, when seeking housing, including: • Personal experiences, and the general picture
Currently, the demand for housing is extreme while the
• Housing discrimination and the law
supply of available housing stock is entirely inadequate.
• Advice and links for people seeking housing
And in the last year the cost of rent rose by 25%
• The wider political context
in Victoria. Stories of frustration and despair about
8 When: April 15 2008, 6.30pm-8.30pm
If there are any particular
Where: Mental Illness Fellowship, Fairfield Place, 276 Heidelberg Road
issues you would like discussed,
Fairfield (Melways P 30 J 12)
please contact Cassy Nunan on email@example.com
There are limited places available, so to secure a booking please call on 03 84864240.
$5 entrance donation will be gratefully
PARC expansion prevention and recovery care services provide vital support and can prevent hospitalisation A key feature of mental health services in Victoria is the provision of support to people in their own homes and communities. When a person becomes acutely mentally unwell, services such as the
Other PARC services in Victoria are located in Springvale, Mont Albert, and Geelong.
crisis, assessment and treatment (CAT) team
At Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, we are continuing
provide support at home if possible, or arrange an
to work with our clinical partners in addressing a number
admission to an inpatient unit if the person requires
of issues regarding access to PARC services. These
more support than they can receive at home.
A more home-like environment than an inpatient unit, prevention and recovery care (PARC) is a recently developed supported residential service for people experiencing a significant mental health problem but who do not need or no longer require a hospital admission. PARC has been developed to provide extra support that may either prevent, or shorten, an inpatient stay.
• ensuring that PARC services are fully utilised, • increasing the use of PARC as an alternative to hospital admission, working on the premise that increase support provided earlier may assist a person to recover more quickly, • strengthening the partnerships between MI Fellowship and the clinical services.
People can enter PARC from home – where they require more support but do not need an inpatient admission – or as a transition home from an inpatient stay. A person staying at PARC generally has access to their own unit, with private kitchen and bathroom facilities, and 24-hour access to staff. Clinical support is provided by visits from either the local CAT team or the person’s case manager. Usually, a PARC stay is less than four weeks. PARC is run by an area mental health service, usually in partnership with psychiatric disability rehabilitation
Jason at PARC on Maud, Shepparton Key staff member Angela Devoti
and support services (PDRSS) providers. Access to PARC is via the local CAT team services. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria has two PARC programs, both run in partnership with local clinical services, PARC on Maud in Shepparton, in partnership with Goulburn Valley Health, and the newly opened Nicholson Street PARC in South Yarra, in partnership with The Alfred Hospital.
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Volunteering – Your donation of time and talent. Pledging a monthly contribution – Giving families a chance. And a future. B equests – Remember the Mental Illness Fellowship in your will.