If I didn’t have access to this youth–focused withdrawal centre, I wouldn’t be here –
I would be locked up in jail


This Christmas, while we plan for our own family celebrations, please consider making a generous donation to help more young people like Jenaya to have the opportunity to withdraw from drugs and alcohol in a safe, youth-specific environment.

This vital centre saves lives by providing a safe, medically supervised place to get well. Six months after completing the program, there are zero suicide attempts and 92% of graduates are engaged in education and employment.

Before the launch of David Martin Place in 2017, young people couldn’t get appropriate care to withdraw from drugs and alcohol. There were only adult facilities to go to, and results were not good. Jenaya tried four times but it was frightening and daunting.

By the time Jenaya reached out to David Martin Place, she was very unwell – she suffered from a severe tic and had no confidence that she wouldn’t slip back into her cycle of substance abuse. She felt guilty about using drugs from such a young age and felt disconnected – she didn’t belong at home or at school where she was bullied relentlessly.

But with hard work and determination, she moved through withdrawal and recently graduated from three months of rehabilitation.

“I could not have done this alone”, she says.

Your donation today will help transform the lives of other young people like Jenaya, giving them hope for a brighter future.

Thank you for your support.