Sixteen year old Cassie lost her father when she was only two. She was raised by a single mother who struggled with substance abuse and subsequently, Cassie's childhood was far from pleasant.
She moved from one place to another and failed to attend school on a regular basis. The lack of routine in her day-to-day life led Cassie to experiment with drugs and alcohol and, due to her overwhelming feelings of anger and sadness, she then began to self-harm.
Cassie's life was spiralling out of control, however after assaulting a police officer one night; she got the wake-up call she needed. It was at this point that she discovered the Youth Crime Prevention Program, one of the programs you support.
Staff assisted Cassie and her mother in obtaining community housing. Cassie began to open up about her self-harming and requested further support, which the staff provided her with.
Staff managed to place Cassie back into school and she is now attending a behavioural management school and is optimistic about her future. She is engaged with and receiving ongoing support from a local mental health organisation and has said she is finally starting to understand that her behaviour stems from things that happened to her in her past.
Cassie and her mother are now living in stable accommodation and her mother is also receiving support from another community organisation. Cassie hopes to be a child care worker one day and thanks to your support, her dream is now closer to reality.