International FDS day first started in 2016 to draw attention to the importance of families affected by alcohol and/or drugs, including the benefits of supporting families. When families are given education, awareness and tips on coping and keeping safe, the outcome for everyone is improved.
From small beginnings it has grown to international events in most Australian major cities and several overseas. The overall theme for the FDS events is Support the Family-Improve the Outcome.
"Any family anywhere, regardless of background, economic and other circumstances can be affected by drugs. We hope this annual event will reach members of the community and change some of the negative attitudes that exist." Tony Trimingham, Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support.
"The weight of the world was on my shoulders. We were so ashamed and alone - then we found support and things changed" Viola - Mother
"What a difference it made being able to talk and have someone listen with empathy, and not tell me I was a bad parent or my approach was wrong. I can ring anytime and get stuff off my chest" Carlos - Father.
The objectives for the International Day are;
Continuing to push for productive changes in drug policy based on evidence and reducing harm
Reducing stigma and discrimination for families and drug users
Promoting Family Drug Support services for families and friends
Promoting harm reduction strategies for families and friends
Promoting the importance and benefits of supporting families
The important role of FDS volunteers in providing family support across Australia
Fatal and non-fatal overdoses from drugs including pharmaceuticals
Promoting greater support and resources for treatment services
2023 Focus – Support the Family - Improve the Outcome