The VisionWe help build futures of hope and possibility.


Satellite Foundation seeks to contribute to changing outcomes for children and young people where a parent has a mental illness to futures of hope and possibility. We believe young people are the change-makers of the future and have enormous potential to positively influence and shape the way our society functions. Our programs foster creativity, hope and connections for children, young people and their families and aim to offer opportunities for growth and transformation with the dream that the cycle of mental illness is discontinued.

We are committed to

Children & Young People

  • Connecting with children and young people as a part of their family system
  • Celebrating everyone’s achievements no matter how small they may seem
  • Embracing peer support as a powerful tool in assisting young people and their families

Family

  • Working in partnership with families, children, young people, services and the community
  • Recognising that every family is unique and different
  • Helping families and individuals reach their own solutions to challenges in the right environment

Community

  • Building awareness and shaping conversations
  • Taking an inclusive and non-blaming approach to mental illness
  • Respecting cultural, spiritual and individual difference

Approximately 250,000 children and young people in Victoria live with a parent or carer who has a mental illness.

Without support these young people are more than twice as likely to develop their own mental health issues.

Without support these young people are more than twice as likely to develop their own mental health issues.



It can be different.


Our MissionSupport, Hope and Social Connections



Established in 2009 in Melbourne, Satellite is a not-for-profit organisation that has evolved from over 25 years of work by many who have recognised the challenges facing families where a parent or primary caregiver has a mental illness.

In recent years services for adults with mental illness have become more available, yet there is no ready support for the children in these families who are often overlooked.

Satellite is dedicated to changing that narrative and aims to contribute to the work of many other organisations that strive to yield more positive outcomes for these children and young people.

Our programs, activities, and messaging provide important opportunities for peer support, connections and strengthening skills in overcoming challenges, while offering information to young people and families to help them make sense of what is happening.

 

How We Work


  • Connect

    We recognise the importance of belonging. We foster a sense of community. We nurture friendships, communication and connections. We believe that we are all in this together.

  • Support

    We encourage young people to find the support that’s right for them. We provide spaces to safely share lived experiences in a supported environment. We let them know they are not alone in their experiences.

  • Empower

    We put young people are at the centre of all of our programs, from development to implementation and beyond. We aim to increase self-esteem, build confidence, promote good coping strategies, and provide skills to use in all areas of life. We provide them with opportunities to harness their potential.

PeopleMeet Our Amazing Team


Our Board

The vision and the support to ensure we will continue to build futures of both hope and possibility. Find out more about our board.

Our Ambassadors

The community, networks and passion to connect our work to many other excellent organisations. Get to know our ambassadors.

Our Young Leaders

The peer understanding and lived experience to guide our programs and the help to bring them to life. Learn more about young leaders.

Our Staff

The knowledge, skill and determination to help create work that builds hope and changes lives. Get in touch with our staff.

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