“I thought I’d be doing my A-Levels… I didn’t expect that I’d be on the streets”

Viewer discretion:This film contains themes of suicide and may be distressing to some viewers.

BBC Three have reported on the stories of homeless young people this week in the run-up to Children In Need.

Imogen was made homeless aged 18 after she was kicked out following a family breakdown. Because of her age, Imogen is considered an adult. Therefore, she is not entitled to Council accommodation provided by Children’s services, despite still being very young and vulnerable.

Sadly, Imogen is not alone, there are 103,000 other homeless young people at current across the UK.  

After a month of homelessness and no apparent way out, Imogen was picked up by the police and spent 24 hours in a psychiatric ward after an attempt to throw herself into a river. It’s not surprising that up to 80% of homeless people admit to struggling with their mental health.

Fortunately, Imogen was eventually offered a space in a local safe house which has enabled her to attend college and look forward to a bright future. BBC Children In Need support homeless young people across the UK and money from fundraising goes towards providing more safe houses and accommodation for those young people.

If you think you could foster a young person and help give them a bright future, click on the link below.

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