It’s no secret that we live in a wealthy, well educated country. Literacy rates in Canada are among the highest in the world, and completing high school and post-secondary education is considered a norm. This isn’t the case for homeless youth, however. Studies find that 63% to 90% of youth experiencing homelessness did not complete high school despite being the age to have done so.
Content warning: mentions of abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Homelessness is one of those things that has never occurred to me that I’d experience in my life. It was one of those situations that one would look at and say “that will never be me.” Because after all, how would it even be possible that your life could spiral down that path if you’re so comfortable right now?