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Welcome to the Sir David Martin Foundation Blog. Our General Manager posts regular updates, and we invite occasional guest bloggers, such as our Ambassadors.

What happens after drug and alcohol detoxification?

What happens after drug and alcohol detoxification?

David Martin Place Aftercare Support Worker, Todd Beddie, shares about his experience with young people post-detox.

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Phone Stories - from Distress to Hope

Phone Stories - from Distress to Hope

A note from Jenny Leahy, SDMF Fundraising Coordinator, on the calls we receive from families every day.

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Now is the Time to Commit

Now is the Time to Commit

A note from Rob Woods, SDMF Board of Governor on the upcoming 145Classic: Ride for Youth.

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This year - fill a young person with colours!

This year - fill a young person with colours!

"Triple Care Farm has filled me in with really bright colours."

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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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The truth of the Ice Epidemic

The truth of the Ice Epidemic

Earlier this year I attended a conference on the ‘Ice Epidemic’.  It was fascinating to hear from academics, researchers, social workers and health practitioners, all who offered different perspectives on this topic, which has been so visible in the press and in our community over the last 2 years.

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May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

May Blog: Urgent appeal to address the Ice Epidemic

I’m not going to mince words here — this is a desperate time. Our society is under attack by the scourge of ‘ice’. Every day young lives are being ruined by this evil drug. 

This month, we have launched a special appeal to help make the solution to this epidemic, a reality. Please hear me out. 

As you know, each year, Triple Care Farm (which we fund and is operated by Mission Australia) offers 100 young people, who arrive at rock bottom facing life on the streets, jail or an early grave; a last chance to turn their lives around.

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November Blog: The demonic claws

I am always struck with how much more powerful and rich a story is when shown in a video than being told in prose, or even worse presented in statistics.  (I fully recognise the irony of writing this rather than filming it…*).  Anyway.  This week I was again blown away by the power of film.  

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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...