Seeing the Possibilities: The Need for a Mental Health Focus Amongst Street-Involved Youth
Achieving things is going to make me a better person. It is going to make me realize that no matter what obstacle this world is going to throw at me I am going to get around it, or crawl under it, I don’t care, I am going to find a way around it, you know. (Youth Participant, p. 3)
The social environments and activities of homeless youth frequently create a downward spiral leading to drug abuse and survival sex, as well as self-harm behaviours and suicidality. In response to this profound level of mental health need amongst street youth, our collaborative community-based research team undertook a comprehensive assessment of mental health challenges in order to ultimately provide direction for intervention.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada