Tertiary Catalogue

Keenan: Childhood Trauma, Addiction, Incarceration, and PTSD

Woven Threads: Stories from Within

After losing his parents at a young age and being separated from his brothers, Keenan was moved from his home in Redfern to the suburbs of southern Sydney. At the age of 13 and against the wishes of his carers, he went to find his brother who had returned to Redfern. Unfortunately, his brother was already addicted to drugs. From then on Keenan lived on the streets learning how to survive from his cousins, trying desperately to find a sense of belonging. Keenan started committing crimes, became addicted to drugs and eventually went into juvenile detention followed by jail at the age of 18 due to a lack of community support and understanding of his cultural background and needs. Meeting Carly, his now-wife and completing an intense therapeutic programme, made all the difference. Keenan shares his story with such generosity and uses his experiences to help others. Keenan and his wife Carly are co-founders of Deadly Connections, an organisation helping indigenous and non-indigenous people struggling to overcome the challenges of their lives. Indigenous viewers are advised that this programme contains voices and images of people who have died.

Rating: PG
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 6 min
Series: Woven Threads: Stories from Within
Printable Resources: Yes

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