Behind so many stories of drug and alcohol addiction, there is trauma.
Often, substance abuse is used as a coping mechanism.
This was true for Lisa*. She was just nine when her stepdad started abusing her. Years of neglect and violence left her with panic attacks, severe anxiety and self-harming.
“Eventually, I was abusing drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t face the day without something in my system.” ˗ Lisa
Addiction was not Lisa’s choice. And it was not her fault.
After her third suicide attempt, she sought help
Thankfully, Lisa found a place at a treatment centre for young Australians funded by Sir David Martin Foundation. When she arrived, she was just 16, but already showing signs of post-traumatic stress.
During her treatment, Lisa was supported to manage her mental illness and address the trauma she suffered as a young girl. She learnt new coping skills to help her live a safe and healthy life.
“I would be dead if it wasn’t for the programs Sir David Martin Foundation fund. I am living a life free from drugs and alcohol. The program taught me skills to live a normal life.”
Children like Lisa need a safe place to heal
Young people in crisis don’t need judgement or pity. They need expert care and dedicated space to rebuild their lives. Without this opportunity, young people like Lisa will continue down the dark and dangerous path of addiction.
The painful truth is:
of Australians requesting help for drug and alcohol addiction are under 30
of the young people who need our help with addiction live with a mental illness, often undiagnosed
is the leading cause of death for young Australians
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)
You can help save a young person’s life with a regular donation
We rely on generous donors who believe that young Australians in crisis deserve special care. A monthly donation is the best way to help keep these vital programs operating.
Our mission is to help young Australians battling addiction.
Please make a monthly donation to help turn a young person’s life around.
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.
If you need urgent help right now, please call 000 or contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for immediate 24/7 crisis support.
Visit our Find help page to locate youth drug and alcohol support or services near you
Read more about Psychological Distress in Young People in Australia, Fifth Biennial Youth Mental Health Report: 2012-2020.
*Names and images changed to protect privacy