Our 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.
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.
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
PeopleMeet Our Amazing Team
The peer understanding and lived experience to guide our programs and the help to bring them to life. Learn more about our squad.
The community, networks and passion to connect people and our work to other great organisations. Get to know our ambassadors.
The knowledge, skill and determination to help create work that builds hope and changes lives. Get in touch with our staff.
The vision and the support to ensure we will continue to build futures of both hope and possibility. Find out more about our board.
Connecting people and organisations for growth and wellbeing
Connect with Organisations
Satellite works to pair people with organisations that can help while firmly believing that we can all do more together.
Connect with People
Bringing people together for work and healing is an integral responsibility that we passionately pursue in all of our endeavours.
Our Young LeadersSatellite Squad
Satellite Squad - the growing group of young leaders who inform the work we do (and many other organisations that seek the voices and wisdoms of young people with lived experiences) and allows us to offer places and practice for peer support/leadership opportunities in our other programs.
Satellite Squids – a youth group that gives kids age 10-15 (approx) a voice to express their personal and shared experiences with and around mental health/mental illness. Lead by Satellite’s Youth Ambassador and Peer Leader Jodie Hinton our hope is that this group will inspire resilience and connection for those who are involved and offer a space to make friends, meet peers and contribute creatively and actively to the conversation surrounding mental health in a broader community.