Satellite Connect

Satellite Connect is a safe space for young people 18-25 to share their stories in a supportive and positive environment. It may be offered as a 6-week online program or in person over four evening workshops and concludes with a FREE weekend retreat.

Tap into the power of shared experience

During the program, participants will get to meet other young people who have a family member living with mental health challenges, and interact, collaborate, and create lasting connections with others who truly get it.

But these are more than just support groups for young carers and young people that live with family members who experience mental health challenges. You don’t even have to identify as a ‘young carer‘ to join this program.

Satellite Connect helps young people build confidence, learn new skills, and create lasting friendships and pathways to other learning opportunities.

How Does It Work?

Participants have a Zoom ‘meet and greet’ followed by meetings once a week for six weeks via Zoom or in person workshop, covering the following topic areas.

The Power of the Shared Experience

Introduction and connection with facilitators and peers.

Self-Care and Self-Compassion

An understanding of (and practical tools for) self-care and compassion.

Communicating Creatively

Exploring alternative communication methods for connection.

Connection not Perfection

The way in which shared stories can illuminate, connect and empower.

Let’s Talk about ‘It’

Exploring experiences of mental health, mental illness, language and stigma.

Tools for the Future

Next steps for participants to learn, grow and practice their new skills.

There is an extensive range of resources included to support these learnings.


Satellite Connect Retreat

On completion of the program all participants are invited to attend a FREE weekend retreat in Victoria, for further connection, gentle nourishing activities and time to reflect.

All Satellite Connect participants are also invited to participate in FREE, accredited Mental Health First Aid Training with online and in-person delivery options available.

“The retreat and the time I have spent connecting with our Satellite Connect group and the amazing facilitators has been such a lovely journey. I will cherish these times for a lifetime to come and can’t appreciate and thank every one of you enough. And thank you for giving me the gift of caring. Not only for others but this time for myself.”

“After the first Satellite Connect Zoom, I felt welcomed and even comfortable talking with complete strangers. So, I continued to the end of the program and was really sad that it had ended. This is when I knew I had to do more with Satellite Foundation… you have really helped me see the beauty in meeting new people and making new friends.”
– Satellite Connect Zoom participant, 2022

“I joined at first because I was looking for social connection. I was looking for someone to connect with who had similar experiences and as I did. Satellite Connect gave me this, but I was also able to share my lived experiences in different forms, in my own way. And I wasn’t expected to censor my experiences”

“Satellite Connect gave me connection, sharing, love, community, crafting, being silly, talking with each other, going beyond what something usually looks like, acceptance and trust. I felt accepted and valued as a person. Now, after being a participant and even knowing my stories, I have still been offered working opportunities beyond the program. It is really so rare – to know that even if I’m not ok, that’s ok”

“Satellite Connect is a platform that just doesn’t exist in the public system but needs to because it’s very reflective and helpful with making peer connections, or learning about yourself, about mental health as well as different resources”

Join us

Take a look at our What’s On section to see when the next Satellite Connect program will be happening!

If you are new to Satellite, head on over to our Expression of Interest form to get started.


Upcoming programs, workshops & activities

Satellite Connect In-Person Program

Make new friends, share new experiences and create lasting connections with other young people who have a family member with a mental health challenge.

This 4-week in-person program kicks off on Thursday 1 August until Thursday 22 August from 6:00 - 9:00pm AEST, at our premises. Dinner included.

  • Date:
  • 1 Aug 2024 - 22 Aug 2024
  • Time:
  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location:
  • Satellite Office - 22 Easey st, Collingwood, Naarm(Melbourne).
  • Price:
  • FREE
Satellite Connect Online Program

Satellite Connect is a safe space for young people 18-25 to share their stories in a supportive and positive environment.

Satellite Connect Online is a 6-week program running from Monday 9 September to Monday, 21 October, 2024. There's also an introductory session happening on Monday, 2 September.

  • Date:
  • 9 Sep 2024 - 21 Oct 2024
  • Time:
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Duration:
  • 2 Hours
  • Location:
  • Via Zoom
  • Price:
  • FREE
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