The Victorian Government is providing more than $11 million in funding to the Satellite Foundation.
Young carers Fel, Tommy, Nikki, Georgia, Rhi and Charlotte
Young carers Fel, Tommy, Nikki, Georgia, Rhi and Charlotte

The funding will enable Satellite to further expand its range of programs and support services for young carers. 

The not-for-profit organisation delivers programs and assistance for children and young people up to the age of 25 who have a parent or family member living with a mental illness or psychological distress.

Satellite provides information and support through online and face-to-face programs. It offers photography, art and music workshops, as well as camps and peer support opportunities.

Young people will be engaged to help ensure all activities are age appropriate, accessible and effective.

Satellite will also partner with schools to deliver programs and resources. These will promote conversations about mental illness and its impact on young carers and families. 

This funding will mean Satellite can help more young Victorians and their families, including those in rural and regional Victoria.

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System identified that one in four children live with a parent or carer who has a mental illness or psychological distress.

Without support, these children and young people are at greater risk of developing their own mental health issues. 

The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested a record $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and support. This includes $93 million in dedicated support for families and carers.