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.

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


  • 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


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

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.

Satellite Foundation’s commitment during the COVID-19 crisis

Our mission to build futures of hope and possibility is more important than ever.

The COVID-19 crisis has meant that we are unable to care for each other in person. But Satellite is committed to maintaining contact in numerous ways. Although our camps, programs and activities are on hold for the greater good of public health, our commitment to our communities is stronger than ever.

We’ve begun Holding Up, an initiative and digital community project to promote strength and connection during this unnerving time. We’re sharing real-life tools from our communities that acknowledge a collective experience around getting through this as it happens – together. Let’s hold each other up! We are stronger together and we’re committed to maintaining our relationships.

Reach out to us any time. We’d love to hear from you.

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