Triple Care Farm (the Foundation's major funding project), is a residential rehabilitation and treatment program for young people between the ages of 16-24 years, from all over Australia. The Farm, located in Robertson NSW, provides an ideal environment of peace and healing for emotionally hurt and troubled youth, most of whom present with comorbid mental health and drug and alcohol issues, with a staggering one in three, who have previously attempted suicide.
The approach of Triple Care Farm is best described as holistic because it seeks to observe and understand the social, environmental, physical, mental and vocational antecedents and after-effects of addiction. The students experience contact with adults who are caring and consistent, which creates an atmosphere of safety and security. Over a 12 week period, the Farm takes the first step in re-building broken lives, gently helping young people to untangle their problems while equipping them with the skills to make a positive change in their lives.
During their stay, students receive personal counselling from psychologists along with family mediation if required. Group work sessions and educational programs on drug and alcohol related issues are offered. The young people become part of an extended family and participate in communal household activities which help them to develop their social and living skills. They also take part in a variety of courses (some accredited) such as panel beating and spray painting, woodwork, landscaping, farming techniques, art, music, literacy, numeracy and computer skills. To read more about the structure of the program click here.
Triple Care Farm is believed to be one of the most successful programs of its kind in Australia, with the majority of graduates moving into jobs, apprenticeships or further education. At the end of their stay, the students graduate from the program and are placed in supportive environments such as group homes, back with families or independent living. Community support networks are established and follow-up continues for three to six months after the students leave the Farm.
Click here to read about the awards the Farm has received including 2012 ‘Clinical and non-clinical services supporting recovery’ at the National Mental Health Services Conference.
Click below to read the transformational stories of the following students: