Staying home: a Youth Survey report of young people's experience of homelessness
Aug 7, 2020
Mission Australia has recently released their most recent annual Youth Survey report on young people's experience of homelessness. Conducted in 2019 (pre covid-19), 22,673 young Australians aged 15 to 19 years old were surveyed. Of these, more than 1 in 6 had experienced some form of homelessness.
The survey highlights the subsequent disadvantage these young people face including impacts on their overall wellbeing and mental health and on education and employment prospects. The young people who had experienced homelessness reported significant levels of family conflict, mental health concerns and suicide attempts, when compared with young people who had not experienced homelessness.
Among the range of recommendations is recognition of the need for early intervention to prevent youth homlessness by reducing domestic and family violence and family conflict.