Sue Kellie: How nurses can help homeless young people
Nurses can help homeless young people find a solution to physical and mental health problem by signposting them to a helpline at Centrepoint, says the charity’s national head of health Sue Kellie
As a leading UK charity for homeless young people, Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 people aged 16-25 year each year. In addition to providing a safe bed for the night, we help young people turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills, tackling their physical and mental health issues, and moving into education or employment.
Our research shows that 150,000 young people a year approach their local council for help with housing, but at least a third are turned away without receiving support.
Most are unable to rely on their family because a breakdown in such relationships is the most common reason why they find themselves homeless.
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