Our Story

We want to change the story

The statistics are scary:

  • 1 in 7 young Australians experience 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 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 (link to Our 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, we are changing the story, day by day, one young person at a time.

Find out how we’re changing lives

A big thank you to the Australian Community and our sponsors:


We are here for you. Our Farm Gates are always open. Our Home is your home away from home.