Our Story

We want to change the story

The statistics are scary:

  • 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

For the 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 experience, at firsthand, 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 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 Homestead For Youth story today…
In 2016, the suicide epidemic in the Peel region of Western Australia drove Homestead for Youth to move their new farm home base to Meelon.

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

2009

In 2009, recently married, Carla and Marty started looking after teenagers and young people by providing emergency, residential and long-term living arrangements.

2014

Established Homestead for Youth at their parents’ 5-acre property in the Swan Valley.

2016

In 2016, the suicide epidemic in the Peel region of Western Australia drove Homestead for Youth to move their new 148-acres farm home base to Meelon.

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At the age of 10, Carla had an image of a big house with many young people coming and going. That image is now a reality as she is the co-founder of Homestead for Youth. Carla has over 12 years of experience working with children, young people, and families. Carla is known for her humour, her ability to help you feel ‘normal’, and empowered to see change.

Marty is the co-founder and director of Homestead For Youth. He provides valuable management of the Stronger Youth and Mentoring Program. Marty has 9 years of experience as a foster carer plus 13 years of experience working with teenagers as a mentor and an Outdoor Ed Instructor. Marty is sought after in his work journeying with young men through the Mental Health Car Restoration program that he developed along with his wife Carla. He brings consistency, humor and an engaging hands-on approach to his Mentoring sessions.

Along with our amazing team we have a group of passionate mentors and volunteers that come in all shapes and sizes to suit our therapy programs and events. All participants have their Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) and have undertaken an interview with the directors to ensure they fit the Homestead for Youth model. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or to volunteer with us and change the story on youth mental health and suicide, we welcome your support.