Satellite secures major funding boost of $11.98 million

Satellite is thrilled and extremely grateful to announce a major funding boost of $11.98 million from the Andrews Labor Government.

This incredible investment means that we can continue to deliver co-designed programs, workshops and activities as well as expand the range of supports across Victoria for young carers, children and young people and their families who have a parent and/or family member living with mental illness or psychological distress. Satellite will also partner with schools to deliver a range of programs and resources to open conversations about mental health and wellbeing for these young carers across Victoria.

This funding also confirms the Victorian government’s commitment to implementing all recommendations, in this case Recommendation 32 to support young carers through the mental health, community, and education systems, as set out by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

We are thrilled to receive this recognition of the important work being done in the mental health space in Victoria. We look forward to working with young people and many other organisations to offer even more opportunities that bring children and young people together and keep them connected in creative, meaningful ways.

“I join the entire Satellite community in saying that we are absolutely delighted and extremely grateful to be receiving this funding from the Andrews Labor Government”, said Rose Cuff, Executive Director of Satellite Foundation. “We are very excited about working alongside young people and their communities to hear what support they want, understand how they can best receive it and then make it happen.”

“These young Victorians bear responsibilities well beyond their years – looking after loved ones with mental illness. This investment will give them the support and care they need. We’re implementing every single recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – because every single one will help change lives and save lives,” said Premier Daniel Andrews.

“I’m so excited for this funding for Satellite Foundation! For years Satellite has been a massive part of my life and support network, and I can’t wait to see this being available for other families,” said Jodie Hinton, a Satellite program graduate.

“Satellite Foundation connects young carers with similar experiences so that they know they are not alone, as well as offering them programs and services to help with their own mental health,” said Minister for Mental Health James Merlino.

This funding marks a transition for Satellite, who over the past financial year was supported by Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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