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Nikki didn’t choose addiction. Now she needs help to get better.

Young people addicted to drugs and alcohol need help. Statistically, they have the best chance to overcome their addiction and start again. But only if they get the RIGHT CARE.

Addiction is never a choice

Especially not for a child.

Most often addiction is the result of childhood trauma, mental illness or homelessness. Sir David Martin Foundation is one of a few organisations that specialise in helping young people between the ages of 16 and 24 break free from their dependence on drugs and alcohol.

These are kids

But they often end up in adult rehabilitation facilities that are not equipped to treat them. In fact, putting teenagers as young as 16 into adult facilities can be dangerous.

Without specialised care designed for them, young people usually fall through the cracks and end up relapsing.

Young people like Nikki are desperate to break free, but they need the right kind of care.

Can You Help?

Triple Care Farm – the best place for a young person to recover

Sir David Martin Foundation funds Triple Care Farm – a purpose-built treatment facility designed for young people to get well and overcome their addiction.

Almost every young person in rehab at Triple Care Farm has experienced a severe trauma, which led to their addiction in the first place.

The detox and rehab programs we fund are specially designed and run to help young people overcome their addiction.

Every year we help over 200 young people

Triple Care Farm gives young people:

  • A safe and supportive environment, with 24/7 clinical support to detox from drugs and alcohol
  • 1-to-1 counselling to help them overcome past trauma and develop the confidence and strength they need to leave their addiction behind
  • Schooling and essential vocational training to prepare residents for new opportunities once they complete their treatment
  • Dedicated youth workers to help each them stay on track when they return to their normal lives.

40% of Australians 

requesting help for drug and alcohol addiction are under 30

93% of young people

who need our help also live with mental illness, often undiagnosed

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young Australians.

Saving young lives

With the support of our generous donors, over 3,000 young people’s lives have been saved. In the six months after they graduate from the program, we see:

• Zero suicide attempts

• 100% of young people in housing

• 80% engaged in education and employment (pre COVID)

You can help save a young person’s life with a donation today

We rely on generous donors who believe that young Australians in crisis deserve special care. Your donation is the best way to help keep these vital programs operating.

About us

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.

Find help

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.

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