The Building a Future program combine up-to-date research-based information with lived experiences.

Facilitators are experienced family members and carers who are trained and accredited to deliver the program. This type of education offers the unique opportunity for participants to share and learn from the experiences of other family members, friends and carers in a supportive environment that promotes learning and positive action.

Building a Future is a 12-week education program designed to assist family, friends and carers in maintaining their own wellness and supporting the recovery of their loved one.

Building a Future Snapshot is a two-session education program developed in response to demand from family members and carers who are ‘time poor’ but in need of essential information and support.

Program structure

Building a Future consists of 12 weekly sessions, each session running for three hours.

Sessions involve informal but structured learning, group discussions, videos, practical demonstrations and problem solving. The program also includes a presentation from someone with a lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery.


La Trobe University’s evaluation of Building a Future has shown significant improvements for family members, friends and carers as a result of participating in the program. Outcomes include:

  • reductions in tension, worry and distress
  • improvements in communication and capability, and increased empathy
  • a sense of not being alone


No cost for eligible families and carers.

Further information

For details about upcoming programs, please get in touch or check our Events calendar to see when the next Building a Future is on near you.