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Homelessness Week 7-13 August 2017

Homelessness Week 7-13 August 2017

The National Mental Health Commission joins Mission Australia in calling for urgent action to address youth homelessness and mental health.

The newly released Mission Australia’s Youth Mental Health and Homelessness Report highlights the relationship between poor family functioning, probable serious mental illness and the impact of these on risk of homelessness among young people.

Young people with a probable serious mental illness are 3.5 times more likely to have spent time away from their home and nearly twice as likely to have spent time away from home on six or more occasions compared to their peers.

About the Youth Mental Health and Homelessness Report

The Mission Australia report highlights that young people who had spent time away from home because they felt they could not go back, had high levels of concerns about family conflict, depression, coping with stress and suicide compared to those who did not spend time away from home.

Homelessness, family functioning and mental illness have serious implications for many aspects of a young person’s life including education, alcohol and drug addictions, general health and wellbeing, employment and community engagement.

Considering the seriousness of these issues and the impact they have on young people’s lives, it is imperative that comprehensive responses are available for early identification and intervention for mental health and homelessness, as well as suitable housing and supports for young people.

Download the Report (1.2MB).

View the infographic (67KB).

Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health

The National Mental Health Commission is collaborating to develop a national view of housing issues in relation to mental health.

We have held extensive community consultations to inform future policy, practice and research priorities.

Through this engagement the Commission aims to better understand and develop a national view of housing issues in relation to mental health and hear examples of local initiatives.

Visit Our Work for more information about the Commission’s housing, homelessness and mental health activities.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.