Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care

Young people run away or become homeless for a variety of reasons, many of which can be linked to psychological and emotional trauma. Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Many confront this situation even before they encounter the perils of setting off on their own. Once they run away,  they are susceptible to a host of additional dangers and health risks, many of which can exact additional tolls on their mental health.

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