Space4Us is the result of the collaboration between four partner groups who are joined in their commitment to improving young people's mental health.
Carers Victoria is a peak body that works to improve the health, wellbeing, resilience, and economic security of family carers in Victoria. It operates a number of services for carers, including a freecall advisory line, counselling, education, and training workshops. It also provides a range of information and specialist services for carers living in Melbourne’s west, including those in the aged, disability, mental-health and young-carers respite programs. Carers Victoria strives for improved services, systems, and support for caring families by raising awareness of their needs, and works closely with with government, community organisations, corporate partners, and the broader public. Through its work, Carers Victoria continues to build on carer knowledge and expertise to provide evidence-based advocacy and services.
The FaPMI (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness) Program was is funded by the Department of Health and launched in 2007 following increased recognition of the impact of mental illness on parents and the consequences of this for their families, particularly dependent children. The overall aim of the statewide program is to reduce the impact of parental mental illness on all family members through timely, coordinated, preventive, and supportive action.
To support the local implementation of this strategy, FaPMI coordinators are embedded within area mental-health services in Victoria. The development of peer-support programs within a collaborative framework is one of the key performance indicators of the strategy and is viewed as core to the work of the FaPMI coordinators.
Satellite Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities to enhance the health, wellbeing and community connectedness of children, young people and their families where a parent has a mental illness. Satellite works in partnership with other agencies, organisations, government, volunteers, and families. It provides peer-support programs, activities, and events that offer support, information, hope, and social connections.
Wellways is a member-based not-for-profit organisation working to create better lives for people with mental illness and their families. It provides services in 51 office locations throughout Victoria, the ACT, NSW, and Tasmania. These services include Prevention and Recovery Care programs, residential rehabilitation services, Partners in Recovery, Personal Helpers and Mentors, Family Services, Individual Client Support Packages, vocational services, and NDIS services. Wellways provides peer support, peer education and community education across all of its sites and in partnerships across Australia.