Young homeless: Brookemorgan, pictured, went to live in a Centrepoint hostel when her relationship with her Mum broke down [Image: Centrepoint].

Which of you will be ignorant enough to blame the mother for suffering with depression?

I’d like to hope none of you would. But the mood in the UK is one of ignorance, stupidity and selfishness so I have serious doubts.

The simple fact is that the problem is societal, systemic. If the mother had proper care and treatment for her illness, then perhaps the relationship with the daughter would not have broken down and the daughter would not have become homeless.

But the help wasn’t available. It has been legislated away by the Conservative Party (and their friends the Liberal Democrats, during the Coalition Parliament).

But the Tories and the Lib Dems don’t get any of the blame. It’s always the victim’s fault in Tory Britain.

Homelessness – so the old assumption goes – is all about addiction, abuse or someone’s own self neglect.

Brookemorgan Henry-Rennie, 18, knows to her cost just how different the reality can be.

“When mum had depression, it was like living with a dead person – she didn’t eat, talk or get out of bed,” she explained.

“I was too young to understand what it meant. I just wanted her to snap out of it and when she didn’t, I was very resentful.

“We stopped talking and our relationship broke down completely. Eventually she asked me to leave.”

Brookemorgan is now a resident at a south London hostel run by Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity.

And her story is not unusual. The reality is that, as Centrepoint has found, family relationship breakdown is the cause of the plight of six out of every 10 homeless young people.

Source: ‘Mum’s depression pushed us apart’: Family relationship breakdown to blame for 60% of youth homelessness 

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