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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – #Homeless, Runaway #Youth Have High Rates of #Depression, Self-Injury and Suicidal Attempts

Stephanie Harlow, MD and Ravi Shah

1. In a recent survey, runaway and #homeless #youth reported significantly higher rates of #depression, self-injury, #suicidalideation, and #suicide attempts as compared to stably housed participants.

2. Of the #mentalhealth outcomes assessed, #youth who reported a history of both unaccompanied #homelessness and running away had the highest prevalence of each outcome, followed by those who had run away and then those who had experienced unaccompanied #homelessness, with the lowest prevalence being among stably housed #youth.

Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

Study Rundown: #Homelessness and running away are experiences common to many pediatric patients, and both have previously been associated with significant adverse outcomes. Few studies have investigated how each of these unique challenges may impact the #mentalhealth of the #youth who experience them. In this study, researchers reviewed data from the 2016 Minnesota Study Survey which included questions about students’ history of #homelessness and running away as well as their history of discrete #mentalhealth outcomes, including #depression, #suicidalideation or attempts, and self-injurious behavior. Researchers found that #youth who reported a history of both running away and recent #homelessness also reported the highest rates of each of the #mentalhealth outcomes assessed. Moreover, #youth with just a history of running away consistently had the second highest rate of each domain assessed, and #youth with a history of just #homelessness having the third highest rate, all compared to the baseline of stably housed youth. Overall, the study demonstrates the distinct needs of each population and particularly highlights the uniquely increased risks of youth with a history of running away. Further research is required to determine best practices for screening for this at risk population.

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