Following are messages of support we have received for the International Family Drug Support Day.
Barry Lessin – FSDP USA
As the founders of FSDP Barry Lessin and I are committed to serving the needs of our families by honoring the legacy of those who have been lost to preventable overdose while supporting a harm reduction informed continuum of care for those who may still be at risk. We remain inspired by our growing circle of friends and partners around the world and we thank you for your ongoing collaboration and perspectives.
On a personal note, I wish to thank this amazing community of heart connections for all of the phenomenal support, love and connection bestowed upon me after enduring the tragic loss of my own beautiful children, Bryan and Alex to overdose, only one year apart. Your personal stories and presence in my life have been an invaluable source of strength and resilience and words cannot express how much how deeply I appreciate each gesture of kindness and compassion. My New Years resolution is to embrace our path forward and make 2018 the year that our families are empowered, recognized and supported in their rightful place as advocates who can and will make all the difference by saving lives in 2018! Much love and light to all!
Yours in Solidarity and Peace,
Barry and Carol
Team Families for Sensible Drug Policy
If anyone is the Byron Shire or thereabouts pleas check FDS website for meeting dates - hope to see you there! M
On several occasions we tried to get him help. We called the police too many times to count with no results. We tried to get him into rehab but there was no space available to him. We later tried to get him help with his mental health and again he was prescribed a week’s worth of anti-depressants and shown the door.
On all occasions we as a family were not engaged by the very services set up and funded to help people in his situation, even though we pushed and pushed to be heard and to be part of the process. I as his wife was told by a case worker that my husband had convinced her mental health service team that he was not on drugs, and his only concerns were about our relationship and that we should get relationship counselling before they closed his case and sent him on his way to his GP with a mental health plan. Three months later he committed suicide on Ice.
My husband would be here today if he had received proper treatment. He would be here if we as a family were engaged and treated with dignity by public funded services who seem to think people effected by drug abuse and mental illness exist in isolation.
I was forwarded details about the National Family Drug Support Day by a colleague and for the first time since my husband's death I felt some hope that perhaps something is being done out there for families like mine and perhaps future lives can be saved through initiatives like this.