Lonely Time for Youth

THIS is a very lonely time of the year for some young people. It can increase feelings of sadness and social isolation amongst disaffected youth who lack a sense of belonging.

Most often, these young people will turn to alcohol and other drugs to minimise the negative feelings.

Substance abuse has a big impact on the user, their families and society.

It is responsible for increasing homelessness, mental illness, family breakdowns and thoughts of suicide or self-harm amongst young people.

We try to make contact with these young people through our Street Walk program in the hopes of providing them with a safe place to stay.

As a community we need to come together to combat these issues and ensure that young people are provided with adequate support.

Together, we can help create a sense of belonging for these young people and help turn their lives around.

FR CHRIS RILEY,

chief executive,

Youth Off The Streets.