Homelessness in SF is at horrific levels, and young people are especially hard-hit. 1 out of every 4 homeless persons in SF is under 25 years of age, and untreated mental health issues are among their biggest unmet needs. Youth and young adults experience barriers to mental health care, more so than their older counterparts.
How did this happen?
Experiences unique to youth – trauma experienced in the home or in foster care, forced therapy and psychiatric medications, or persecution of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity – all contribute to this public health crisis and unmet need for accessible mental health care. The Center for Harm Reduction Therapy (CHRT) wants to change that, starting here, in San Francisco, CA.
· 25% of homeless population in SF are under 25 years of age
· Of those, only ¼ said they had a supportive adult in their life
· And as of 2017, there are only 509 beds available, only 157 of which are permanent
Harm reduction therapy was developed specifically for people who are excluded or alienated from traditional mental health clinics and substance use treatment programs. It is a public health-based integrated treatment for people with complex co-occurring problems that invites clients to bring all problems and, in a collaborative relationship, helps them prioritize the most pressing issues to address, set goals, and plan realistic steps to achieve those goals.
CHRT is piloting a solution to reach young people by taking harm reduction therapy on the road! All donations will go towards building out the van for therapy offices. Thank you for your support!