LONG WALK TOWARDS BETTER UNDERSTANDING
MOTHER-daughter duo Andrea and Tammy Vos never imagined the challenges they would face supporting a family member struggling with mental health issues.
A close-knit family running their own business while heavily involved in local sport and community events, the clan was the picture-perfect unit.
But when a family member opened up about struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, their world was transformed into caring for, supporting and keeping them safe.
Through years of providing care, Highton resident Andrea and Hamlyn Heights’ Tammy learned a lot about the support services that were available for people suffering with poor mental health.
While they found many services available to support their family member, they discovered a lack of services available to support caregivers.
Andrea and Tammy came up with the idea to hold a charity walk to raise awareness for the support people — unsung heroes who care for people suffering with mental health issues.
“I am hopeful that we can start a conversation around the support people and provide some guidance and understanding on how to deal with their own emotions,” Tammy said.
The pair wanted to show the struggles, strength, determination and effort that it takes to live with a mental illness, and to care for someone with a mental illness.
They decided to create the You