FROM ROEBOURNE REGIONAL PRISON TO THE WORKFORCE
10 October 2017 Uncategorized
Yindjibarndi man, Douglas Thompson used drugs to take away depression and before long found himself using every day to keep the ‘Black Dog’ at bay.
This went on for six years until an incident with his partner landed him in Roebourne Regional Prison.
“There were times when I just felt like giving up; I turned to ice, which I shouldn’t have done, he said.”
(Because I used too much) it started making me think about bad things with me and my partner at the time, and I started thinking about suicide”.
While spending time in jail, Mr Thompson realized he could be doing better in life instead of using drugs and decided to enroll in several courses. His three-year-old son helped him to stay focused.
“I started doing courses to put myself back on track and sort my life out. I did anger management, drug, and alcohol, domestic violence … how to be a better father,” he said.
After doing his time in prison, Mr Thompson enquired about jobs at FMG and enrolled in the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program – he graduated two months ago and hopes that his story will inspire others to do better.
“Keep your head up, set goals for yourself, focus on one thing at a time.”