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.