The impact of poor mental health is wide-reaching. For many of the people we support, it has severely affected their quality of life and often led to them disengaging with education and employment. It often has a major impact on their ability to maintain a tenancy and to live independently. 

If we are to end homelessness for young people and women in Wales, then we must address mental health issues and support people to understand and manage their conditions. 

Our research shows that 90% of young people who have experienced homelessness also have a diagnosable mental health condition. 

The most common mental health issues we see in the young people we support are:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychosis resulting from the use of 'legal highs'

We have developed mental health workshops to ensure that our staff are the best in the sector at supporting people with complex mental health issues. Our workshops provide training on the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and the impact on young people, as well as providing best practice guidelines on treatment options and therapies. 

Our training workshops enable support workers to support young people to understand and manage their mental health issues, ensuring they can move forward with their futures.