Dear Satellite supporters and friends,
We come to you now as October kicks off with news from September because it has been a HUGE month on the Satellite calendar. We had our At Home with Satellite, Create and Connect and Satellite Connect programs running plus threw a Satellite Camp in the mix, too! We ran a theatre workshop at the Little Dreamers Youth Festival and participated in the Echuca Moama Youth Festival. We installed the beautiful mobile sculpture created from our pilot program at Albert Park College and attended the ‘Our Reform‘ mental health conference. What a busy but very enriching month we have had and we are so thankful for all of these wonderful spaces to happen. And the year isn’t finished just yet, with Mental Health Wee just finishing and Carers Weeks around the corner. Take a look at our upcoming programs and events for more opportunities to stay connected, be creative and keep well!
Rose and the Satellite team
A beautiful time at Satellite Camp!
The Satellite team are still glowing from the incredible time we spent at our September Satellite Camp. We spent three days and two nights with 25 young people in the beautiful bush in Anglesea on Wadawurrung Country. The age range for the Camp was 8-12 years old and marked our first primary school-aged only group at a Satellite Camp. We enjoyed bushwalking, a challenging ropes course, archery, working together to build amazing huts, homes and hotels from fallen tree branches, learning a bit of Taekwondo and how to dance with hula hoops and even got to feed llamas and horses.
We also got creative, making mobiles that symbolised how we achieve balance in our lives and can support ourselves and each other. We splashed colour with tie dye T-shirts, had group sharing circles and chats about things we do for self-care and taking care of family, enjoyed a movie night and of course, a roaring campfire (with too many marshmallows!)
But what was most special about Camp was the warmth, care and consideration shown by not only our staff and Camp Leaders but also by the young people towards each other! Wonderful connections were made, and new friendships blossomed. We can’t wait to see all these incredible young people again soon, thank you for spending your time with us.
‘It’s A Mad World’ Creative Workshop on 22 October
The second chapter of It’s a Mad World kicked off this Saturday! Our second workshop is planned for 22 October – join us as we use creative mediums like photography/performance/sculpture/storytelling/film/audio/writing to share how lived experiences shapes your thoughts, ideas, questions, and insights about the complex world of mental health.
It’s a Mad World Creative Workshop will take place from 10am – 4pm at Siteworks in Brunswick. Email email@example.com if you would like to join in!
We’re publishing our first Zine!
And we want your contributions ? Share your art and story with the world. As part of ‘It’s A Mad World‘ we are publishing our first ever Zine of pictures, photos, comics, poetry, drawings, or anything you like that creatively tells the world how you feel.
Do you have something you want to contribute? Something that speaks to your own experiences or to smashing the stigma around all thing’s mental health!? Entries close on 23 October. All ages accepted. Send your entry to Madeleine@satellitefoundation.org.au
Happy Sad Man screening a huge success!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Cinema Nova on Sunday to acknowledge World Mental Health Day at our screening of the acclaimed documentary, Happy Sad Man. The film explores connection through the stories of different mental health journeys of five Australian men. We had an almost full house, and an insightful Q&A session after the screening with the film’s Director, Genevieve Bailey.
Thank you to Genevieve and the team for creating and producing such an important asset and resource in the mental health space. If you would like to find out more about Happy Sad Man, please visit the website www.happysadman.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Remember to check out our program calendar for more! You’ll also find it under the programs tab on our website.
Thursday 10 November: Satellite Connect Introductory Session
Thursday 17 November Satellite Connect Workshop 1
Thursday 24 November: Satellite Connect Workshop 2
Thursday 1 December: Satellite Connect Workshop 3
Saturday 4 December: End-of-year Picnic (venue TBC)
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The Tandem Awards are made annually to celebrate exceptional service to family and friends in Mental Health. The Awards recognise individuals and organisations whose contribution has had a significant effect on the lives of family and friends of people involved with Victoria’s mental health system. To nominate for a Tandem Award, you must be a Tandem member and a family member, carer or supporter of someone with mental health challenges. Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 31 October 2022. Find out more here.