Over a third of young people who are homeless experience mental health problems, according to Homeless Link's "Young and Homeless" report. Mental ill health can often be a causal factor in homelessness, or a young person's mental health can be adversely affected if they find themselves homeless.
When working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, our team at Wyre Forest Nightstop and Mediation Scheme offer holistic support which addresses the root causes of homelessness, including supporting young people with their mental health. We offer access to trained counsellors within our team, an invaluable resource for young people who are overcoming challenges and building brighter futures. This resource for improving mental health and wellbeing is particularly vital during the coronavirus pandemic which is creating more anxiety and uncertainty for so many young people.
At Nightstop, we are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (18th - 24th May) and its theme of "kindness". We asked Jackie, our counsellor and young person's mediator, to share her top tips for maintaining mental wellbeing.