For Simon Byrnes, 25, the hardest thing about being homeless for eight years was that moment of shame and embarrassment when others would find out.
Sarah’s story is just one of thousands: on any given night in Australia, 26,000 young people aged 12 to 25 are homeless; 60 per cent of homeless people in Australia are aged under 35.
A landmark study has found homeless youth experience unemployment at more than nine times the national average, further fuelling calls for the federal government to outline a plan to address the tens of thousands of young people who find themselves homeless each year.
I had my first internet boyfriend when I was 12. We met on Neopets, where we would swap rainbow paint brushes and write filthy messages about what we wanted to do to each other.