A lot of people think of mental illness as the disheveled homeless man, or the person walking down the street talk to themselves, but it’s not. It’s your friend, it’s your neighbor, it’s the person down the street,” said Dr. Peter Delany, director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.
Given that homelessness is an extreme form of poverty, it is one measure that can be used to identify how Australian youth are coping financially. As shown by this Homelessness Australia graph, people up to the age of 24 make up 42% of those classed as homeless.
Some reasons why #youth are at risk of becomming #homeless are detailed in this #infographic from #ActForYouth. It states that up to 40% of youth experiencing #homelessness identify as #LGBTQ. They are at a higher risk of #anxiety #depression #PTSD #suicide and other negative #health outcomes.
Homeless People - Rebecca's Story In her own words this is our friend Rebecca's story... "Two things happened when I turned 12, my Father who used to beat the hell out of us left home and the other thing that happened is I started using drugs... One of my friends said 'Here try this it will make you feel better', and it did. When I turned 13, my Mum found a new partner who lived at home with us. He raped me regularly and abused my younger sisters as well. I was only 13.
Homeless Statistics within the USA is often not visible mainly due to the wide expansion of wealth throughout the majority of metropolitan areas. Even though, almost the entire population of the United States has adequate housing and decent living conditions, homeless people still exist across the country due to a wide number of factors. Statistics have demonstrated that there are anywhere from 600,000 to 1.1 million people homeless in the United States at any given time.