Youth Homelessness: Mental Health and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pandemic-Proof: Synthesizing Real-World Knowledge of Promising Mental Health and Substance Use Practices for Young People Who Are Experiencing or Have Experienced Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting societal inequities in an unprecedented manner. Young people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness are disproportionately impacted by the negative socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. The pandemic has also made visible the precarious existence in which these young people live.

The aim of this knowledge synthesis was to deliver real-world evidence on promising mental health and substance use practices utilized by front-line providers working during the COVID-19 pandemic with young people who were experiencing or had experienced homelessness. However, the evidence we uncovered over the past five months has been less about downstream individual-level interventions and more about the need for upstream structural interventions.


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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press