Couchsurfers at greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those on street – study

Couchsurfers at greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those on street – study

A new study has found that couchsurfers had similar rates of drug and alcohol use to rough sleepers. Couchsurfers, however, were far less likely to label their substance use as problematic.

Brisbane Youth Service’s research and evaluation coordinator, Rhianon Vichta, said the findings should dispel the myth that couchsurfing is a safe form of homelessness.
“We actually found that all of the suicide risk, thinking about suicide, self-harming and self-ratings of mental health, were all much worse for people who were couchsurfing, compared to sleeping rough, even when we controlled the gender and age factors,” Vichta said.
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