2017 will also be the 20th anniversary of the death of Mr Trimingham’s son Damien from a heroin overdose in 1997 and in the lead up to the events Mr Trimingham will share learnings and observations from his years of working with families adversely affected by drug and alcohol use through the service he founded, Family Drug Support (FDS).
So What Can You Do To Help?
- Give a donation to help with the pamphlets, posters and badges being produced for the Day
- Registions will be opening soon for you to attend the next National FDS Day in your state or if you can, please assist us at the events on the Day
Should you have any questions regarding the National FDS Day, please call us on (02) 4782 9222 and ask to speak to Tony or send us an email.
When clinicians, politicians and media talk about drug and alcohol issues affecting our communities they often raise the importance of assisting, supporting and engaging more with families.
Unfortunately for many families the reality is much different.
Behind every statistic of a drug related overdose death, arrest or hospitalisation there is a family suffering the pain. All too often in a cloud of stigma and shame.
The 1st National Family Drug Support Day was held on the 24th February 2016 – the anniversary of the passing of Damien Trimingham from a drug related overdose - will become an annual event to highlight the need for families to not only be recognised and heard but to be supported and encouraged to speak about their concerns and their needs.