For all the years I have been involved in the Foundation – mostly on the periphery at the start, now full time on the team in the office, we have talked and dreamed about how to increase the numbers of young people that Triple Care Farm can help. We are passionate in working towards the aim of helping as many young people as we can.
During that time new cottages have been built and the rolling intake has allowed beds to be taken up by new students as soon as the last ones leave. But we always hoped for more; more help for more youth in crisis.
While the award winning TCF rehab program that you support has been so crucial in saving young lives, current and available detox options have failed our young people.
But that is about to change, as the construction of David Martin Place nears completion and the doors will soon be open, to a new cohort.
Detox is different to rehab - it's an earlier intervention and a shorter treatment model. It can help young people break their habit while still living with their families, while just holding onto a place at school or at university, or a job. By ridding the body of harmful substances early, a young person can often get back on track quickly before their lives are ruined.
We have spoken to many TCF students about their own experiences in adult detox, or failed attempts at home; here is the opportunity to detox safely in a secure and holistic environment while gaining the tools and support necessary to get their lives back on track.
Thanks to you, this new centre has the potential to change the face of youth addiction services throughout the country and once it is established, it will double the number of young Australians who can access TCF each year, giving them support for addiction and mental health.