Our Mental Health Survey Report

YHNE are passionate about ensuring that young people at risk of or who have experienced homelessness should have a voice and influence in changing policy and services to more adequately meet their needs and avoid homelessness occurring.

During 2016-17 we conducted participatory research with young people on the impact of Novel Psychoactive Substances (legal highs) on the lives of young people affected by homelessness.  The research highlighted young people’s use of NPS (with other substances) to deal with a range of mental and emotional health issues.

Within the homelessness sector it has long been acknowledged that mental health issues and multiple complex needs is increasing within those who present as and are accepted as homeless.  The YHNE 2017 Survey of Youth Homelessness in the NE for the first year in six years shows that mental health has overtaken ‘independent living skills’ and ‘education, employment and training’ as the key need amongst homeless young people.

YHNE would like to further explore the scale, nature and causes of poor mental health and what more could be done to help young people suffering from difficulties with their mental health.


As part of our Mental Health project, we asked young people to complete a survey that we  developed. The survey was the first step of the project and is a useful tool in showing the issues and challenges facing young people affected by homelessness.

It is hoped that the survey will be a valuable tool in establishing young people’s experiences of mental health, who they turn to when they need support and what other support they find useful in tackling mental health difficulties.

Read our final report here.

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