We're delighted to announce the results of the 2013 Impact and Outcome data for the young people who participated in the residential rehabilitation and treatment program at Triple Care Farm as well as those who went on to community based support through the Aftercare program.
Last year the Farm supported 172 young people with substance abuse issues to make lasting change in their lives. Ninety-eight young people participated in the Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment program, in Robertson, NSW, and 74 young people were supported in their community, through the Aftercare Program. On top of this, many more young people and their families were supported through enquiry, referral and brief intervention.
Referrals to Triple Care Farm were made from across the nation; the majority of young people were referred from Sydney (39%) and the Illawarra (26%), with 12% of referrals being from young people living interstate, 12% from the Central Coast and the remaining 14% from greater NSW. The average age of program participants was 19.62 years with 78% of the group being young men, 22% young women.
Fifteen per cent of young people identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and 8% identified as being from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Approximately half of participants reported a major depressive disorder and 85% had mental health issues, while 100% faced substance abuse issues. Ninety-six per cent were unemployed and 65% have a criminal history.
At intake, 48% reported a history of recent homelessness, and thanks to your support, 100% transitioned to stable accommodation after program completion (77% returning to their families, 15% independent housing, 8% supported housing).
An impressive forty-two per cent of program participants gained their Certificate II (Skills for Work and Training) during their stay, which provides them with an equivalent qualification to access higher-level TAFE courses— this is remarkable as the majority of young people have only end of Year 9 equivalent schooling upon entry.
Also noteworthy is that despite the fact that 96% are unemployed and 95% are disengaged from education upon entering, over 73% of program participants have moved into employment and training upon completion.
When we say that you are literally saving young lives, we mean it - in 2013 alone, 71% of young people had attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to entering the program, yet in the six months since completion, only 3% had experienced a repeat admission to hospital for a mental health matter and there were ZERO suicide attempts. Thanks to your support, these young people have a new lease on life and are determined to push through hard times and reach their potential, one day at a time.
Over 77% of young people were successful in meeting their substance use goals at 6 months after completion through abstinence and harm reduction practices. This is a truly wonderful outcome when you consider that 100% of young people had a substance dependency issue upon arrival.
These stats speak for themselves, and they also attest to the difference your support is making in the lives of our most vulnerable youth. Without your generosity, these outcomes would not be possible. Please continue to give generously so that we can continue to deliver these outstanding outcomes for this year and years to come.