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.
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