Around 50% of people who are experiencing homelessness have had a traumatic brain injury. If we also include alcohol-related brain damage, and those with a learning disability, this can equate to around 70-80% of the homeless population. However, if we also take into consideration the impact of trauma on the brain, it could be argued that 100% of people experiencing homelessness have a neuropsychological need.
In the final episode of Series 3 of the Going Beyond Podcast, we speak to Dr Stephen Weatherhead, clinical psychologist and co-director of NeuroTriage, a brain injury service for people who are homeless in Liverpool. We speak about the prevalence and impact of brain injury for people experiencing homelessness and discuss how frontline workers can best support these individuals.