Childhood trauma is the cause of so many stories of drug and alcohol addiction
This is true for Lisa*. She was just nine when her stepdad started abusing her. After years of sexual abuse, violence and neglect, Lisa was a shell of herself – suffering from panic attacks, severe anxiety and self-harm.
“Eventually, I was relying on drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t face a day without something in my system.” ˗ Lisa
After her third suicide attempt (she was only 15), Lisa made a final plea for help. Luckily she found the programs Sir David Martin Foundation funds.
Abused children like Lisa can’t get better unless they feel safe
When Lisa sought help, she got a place at a treatment centre for young Australians funded by Sir David Martin Foundation. She was supported to manage her mental illness and address the trauma she suffered as a young girl.
Sir David Martin Foundation’s mission is to help young Australians battling addiction.
We fund life-changing services:
Designed specifically for young people to feel safe and supported so they can recover.
Dedicated youth workers
To support each young person to stay on track when they complete their treatment and return to their normal lives.
The painful truth is
is the leading cause of death for young Australians
of the young people who need our help with addiction live with a mental illness, often undiagnosed.
of Australians requesting help for drug and alcohol addiction are under 30
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.
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*Names and images changed to protect privacy