Due to the impact of COVID-19, there were no face-to-face events for International Family Drug Support Day held in Australia in 2022. This year we held an online event to commemorate the day.
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 grew to international events in most Australian major cities and several overseas. The theme for 2022 IFDSD event was 'Voices to be Heard' focusing on the results of our 'Voices to be Heard' survey which collected information on the views of families around drug policy. The results were presented to Federal and State governments on 24 February 2022.
"Any family anywhere, regardless of background, economic and other circumstances can be affected by drugs. We hope this annual event continues to reach members of the community and change some of the negative attitudes that exist." Tony Trimingham, Founder and CEO of Family Drug Support.
To view the video of this year's International FDS Day event and view the report and results of the Voices to be Heard survey, please click the link below which will take you to our dedicated International Family Drug Support Day webpage.