Australians would be shocked by the findings of the National Youth Commission released earlier this month. The report reveals the problem of youth homelessness in Australia has doubled in less than 20 years for teenagers. If Australia can find a billion extra dollars for solutions to water shortages or new fighter planes for our Air Force, surely we can spend as much on saving kids’ lives.
We need to roll out early-intervention programs across the country to provide full national coverage for at-risk young people and their families. We also need to solve the extreme shortages in existing drug, alcohol and mental health services for young people. - Fr Wally Dethlefs, The Catholic Leader (click below for full article)