“What will the neighbours think?”

For any of us, it can be daunting to move into a new neighbourhood where you don’t have friends or know how things work.

For people with enduring mental illness, housing security and feeling part of community is both crucial and challenging.

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Tamara’s story

Tamara’s abilities as an elite swimmer took her around the world, winning medals at the Dutch, German and British National Games and the Paralympic Games in 1996 and 2000. She is an enthusiast of the arts, immersing herself in the world of writing by publishing her autobiography in 2012. No Ordinary Girl was written to advocate for and educate others about her condition, Dopa-Responsive Dystonia. Tamara is also a motivational speaker, addressing various clubs, universities, schools and mental health organisations. Tamara’s passion for new projects and ideas is reflected in her enthusiasm for what she sees as the potential of the Mantle Apartments.

“Knowing I will be supported living independently offers hope to my family and me. I think having a support person around will help me make a better life.”

Tony’s story

Tony is forty-seven years old, and has been living independently for over twenty years.  He maintains a close relationship with his mother Pat and his father Frank, and has friends amongst his neighbours. Tony is very positive about the idea of a permanent place to live, which the move to Mantle Apartments has provided.

“I hope it’s a … permanent place to live. My own place. Somewhere I can pretty much stay forever. I think I’ll be an approachable neighbour. I’ll try to help whenever I can.”

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