UK’s Hidden Youth Homelessness Crisis – I slept in a hospital toilet

UK's Hidden Youth Homelessness Crisis

UK’s Hidden Youth Homelessness Crisis – I slept in a hospital toilet

Young people who become homeless often find themselves in a chain of misfortune. Homeless people forced into unsafe situations with little help from the state.

Homelessness described as people not having a permanent dwelling.  They are unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure and adequate housing.


People become homeless for a variety of reasons.  There are social causes of homelessness.  Like lack of affordable housing, poverty, unemployment.  Also life events which cause individuals to become homeless.


According to the charity Crisis; on average, homeless people die at age of 47.  Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general public

People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence.  Moe than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit.  Kicked or experienced some other kind of violence whilst homeless.

Christmas is a time when homelessness is highlighted.  This year more young people have found themselves on the streets. The reasons vary.  But mental health can contribute to their circumstances.

Four young people tell their stories

Thomas Korpiela, Ann O’Shea, Kirk Rogers and Brookemorgan Henry-Rennie share their experiences. They talk of dealing with mental health issues and surviving on the streets.

They describe how the charities Depaul and Centrepoint helped them get their lives back on track.

This link will take you to a Guardian page where donations can be made

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