Every parent’s worst nightmare
Every parent wants happiness for their child. But what happens when your child is hurting – and you don’t know how to help?
This was Jean’s* story. Her daughter Lily* suffered from severe depression and a dangerous reliance on alcohol and drugs. For Lily, self-medicating numbed her pain. For Jean, it was a living nightmare.
“I felt helpless. Our relationship was fragile, and I was really scared that I would lose her” ˗ Jean
Getting the right help
Lily was spiraling out of control, but after witnessing a drug overdose at a music festival, she finally reached out to her mum. They applied to Triple Care Farm, a treatment centre for young Australians, funded by Sir David Martin Foundation. Here she could recover from her addiction and receive clinical care and treatment for her mental illness.
Jean remembers how quickly Lily improved once she had the right help. She is now so grateful, because it saved both her daughter’s life and their relationship.
The painful truth is:
or homelessness often precedes addiction
of the young people who need our help with addiction live with a mental illness, usually undiagnosed
is the leading cause of death for young Australians
Addiction is a tragic reality for many families.
It doesn’t discriminate and can tear even the most loving families apart. Young people in crisis need care and best practice treatment so they can get their lives back on track.
Please commit to a monthly donation now and help give young people in crisis a second chance at life. Please donate now.
Help save a young person’s life with a regular donation
It costs thousands of dollars to fund withdrawal, rehabilitation and aftercare services for each young person. This includes a residential stay of up to 16 weeks and 6 months of care in the community with a dedicated youth worker.
With a regular donation, you will help secure these essential services, now and in the future.
With a regular donation, you will:
Fund life-changing services
Giving young people in crisis a second chance with access to withdrawal and rehabilitation services.
Fund dedicated youth workers
Help each young person stay safe and healthy once they complete treatment and return to the community in our Aftercare program.
Through the support of generous donors, over 3,000 young people’s lives have been saved, with:
• Zero suicide attempts
• 100% in housing
• 80% engaged in education and employment (pre COVID)
“I’m just so grateful to the donors. You saved my life” ˗ Lily
Sir David Martin Foundation is a 30-year old family foundation, helping young people in crisis. The Foundation is named after the former Governor of NSW and the Martin family continues to drive the vision of Sir David, to give safety, hope and opportunity to all vulnerable young Australians. We are the major funder of Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm, a unique, holistic treatment centre which each year gives over 200 vulnerable young Australians, aged 16-24, a safe place to get well and prepare for new opportunities.
*Names and images changed to protect privacy