Given that homelessness is an extreme form of poverty, it is one measure that can be used to identify how Australian youth are coping financially. As shown by this Homelessness Australia graph, people up to the age of 24 make up 42% of those classed as homeless.
Homeless People - Rebecca's Story In her own words this is our friend Rebecca's story... "Two things happened when I turned 12, my Father who used to beat the hell out of us left home and the other thing that happened is I started using drugs... One of my friends said 'Here try this it will make you feel better', and it did. When I turned 13, my Mum found a new partner who lived at home with us. He raped me regularly and abused my younger sisters as well. I was only 13.
A lot of people think of mental illness as the disheveled homeless man, or the person walking down the street talk to themselves, but it’s not. It’s your friend, it’s your neighbor, it’s the person down the street,” said Dr. Peter Delany, director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.