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Straight Up

This is a podcast created for young people with experiences of living in state care. It’s part of the GOM Central Project, created with a group of young care leavers and based on their expertise of the system.

GOM Central is part of Relationship Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services, which helps young people from care backgrounds with stuff like grant and housing applications, referrals, counselling, and accessing government records.

This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.


In this episode we chat with some young people about their experiences with drugs, addiction and getting clean. We also talk to Anneka Skirrow, who works at Relationships Australia South Australia, about the difference between recreational drug and alcohol use, and self-medication, and where people can find support if their struggling with substance dependence.

If you want to know more about different drugs and alcohol, The Create Your Future website have some useful links.

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else and want to seek information or support, Know Your Options is an amazing website to check out.

Special thanks to Brooke and Jacob for sharing their stories and to Anneka Skirrow for her advice and information.

GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection, and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia. Straight Up is produced by Narrative Marketing.

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