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Megan Meyer is Sir David Martin Foundation's Marketing Manager

The War on Drugs – a Fresh Look at Addiction

The War on Drugs – a Fresh Look at Addiction

 

I recently finished reading a book called Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.

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'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

'Couch Surfing': the modern homelessness

I recently house-sat for a family and had the joy of looking after their furry friends during my stay. Word spread quickly and, before long, I found myself house sitting for a few more families around Sydney in the following months. It was quite fun!

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More than art

More than art

A thought that often plagues my mind is...I wonder how much of "me" has been shaped by the life I was born into. Would I be the same if I had grown up in poverty? What if I had an abusive parent or experienced some sort of trauma at a young age? What does it feel like to truly have no hope? How would my needs be different?

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Creativity with a Purpose

Creativity with a Purpose

What a privilege it was to attend Mission Australia’s recent Creative Youth Initiative (CYI) ARTWORKS! exhibition at the end of last year. On my way home at the end of the night I was overwhelmed with feelings of encouragement. I was uplifted to meet some of the students, and chat to them about their work.  Their achievements led me to walk away with a heap of hope and optimism.

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One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...