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Homestead For Youth | Empowering young people at risk, and their families

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

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“1 in 7 young Australians experience a mental health condition”
“Suicide in young Australians is the highest it has been in 10 years”
“Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents.”
“There is on average 6 suicides a day.”
“1 in every 2 of our youths are sexually abused, with research showing that this trauma leads towards mental illness.”

For husband and wife team (and Homestead For Youth founders), Carla and Marty Fadelli, these statistics are unacceptable. They became frustrated with these statistics and especially from experiencing, at first hand, the gaps in the systems for young people, placed in the bracket of “able to help themselves” yet clearly not able to do so.

So, they decided to do something and change the story associated with these statistics. In 2009, recently married, Carla and Marty started looking after teenagers and young people by providing emergency, residential and long term living arrangements.

By providing young people with a safe refuge and a home, Carla, a registered psychologist saw how more relaxed and open they were with her therapy. This started their innovative approach to youth mental health, and in 2014, established Homestead for Youth at their parents’ 5 acre property in the Swan Valley.

The H4Y story today… In 2016, the suicide epidemic in the Peel region of Western Australia drove Homestead For Youth to move their now farm home base to Meelon.

At this 148 acres farm home, Homestead For Youth are changing the story, day by day, one young person at a time.

With a focus on fixing the gaps in our youth development and mental health systems, Homestead for Youth works with innovative and holistic therapy approaches for young people and their families who fall in the bracket of “able to help themselves” but are not able to.

Some of their unique and successful outcomes-based therapy approach include:

residential family style farm recovery home, hands-on program (e.g. equine therapy and car restoration), empowering and strength based suicide prevention message,and sensory animal farm therapy (the first in Western Australia).

Away from the four walls of a clinical room, Marty and Carla noticed great results when they conducted their therapy sessions outside, near the animals and around farm activities.

In this farm setting, teens who refused to see psychologists would all of a sudden want to talk to Carla and colleagues at Homestead for Youth. Young teenage boys would roll up their windows and eagerly get out of the cars when they see the farm and its animals!

How does Homestead For Youth align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)?

The H4Y aligns with the following UNSDGs

How can people contact Homestead For Youth?

Visit the Homestead For Youth website to get in touch with Carla and her team. Click the image to go to the contact page or use any of the contact details below.

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