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“she didn’t want to show too much emotion in case i...
The power of hello

Sensing that he might want to talk away from the gaze of his peers, she invited him into another room for a private chat...

“I thought he might be a bit of a handful...
A sanctuary to be someone else

He had accumulated an extensive criminal record and was known by the nickname ‘Nutter’...

“he felt like he was “a collection of problems” to ...
“Happy to see me”

Placed into child protection at the age of 12, Paul had grown up among a revolving door of support staff. ...

“when she was a teenager Shelley was recruited to d...
More to Drugs than Drugs

Shelley was about 18 years old, a timid young woman who had fled an abusive father in Western Australia....

“Teenage mothers are often shunned and stigmatised ...
The cupcake lesson

Lim was a teenage girl of Cambodian descent who had a serious heroin habit...

“No one’s ever asked me what’s good about it...
Both sides of the ledger

A young man came to see him who had been using cannabis and dabbling in chroming...

“This dog was his best friend in the whole world...
Man’s best teacher

Matthew looked like a typical Dandenong thug – crew cut, tattoos, Adidas tracksuit pants...

“To drink or not to drink?...
The slab dilemma

John drank at least a slab of beer a day. One day he rocked up at the YSAS Latrobe Valley offices with a slab...

“As soon as I saw him, I knew something really bad ...
Everybody needs a hand

One day Ipsita received a phone call from Terry’s parents saying there had been an “accident” and that he had died...

“I’m going to stay here and finish this...
Five-minute scribble to four-hour focus

Most days Jessica and her friends would go to Dandenong Plaza to hang out and drink...

“I’m going to have to not drink on the Friday night...
Tackling Alcohol through rugby

The YSAS Transitions through Rugby program aims to support young people from Pacific Island communities...

“when Michael was intoxicated he became threatening...
Seeing past the anger

Michael was over six feet tall, muscular and intimidating. Depressants like heroin and alcohol often have a subduing ...

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