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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 20:40 GMT 21:40 UK
Homeless get Comic Relief grant
Rosie Platten
Rosie Platten said homelessness led to mental health problems
A charity for the homeless has received a grant of nearly 100,000 from Comic Relief to fund a new service for young people with mental ill health.

East Kent Cyrenians, which runs hostels and supported accommodation for single homeless people, is using the grant to appoint a dedicated worker.

She will work with young people who face homelessness and have mental health problems.

The money will fund the post for the next three years.

'Dead in ditch'

"Anyone who wants access to mental health services will have problems," said East Kent Cyrenian spokesman Mike Barrett.

"If you are young, inexperienced and vulnerable and have a mental health problem it is easy to understand it is almost impossible.

"That is why we need this post."

Rosie Platten, 18, lives in one of the charity's hostels in Canterbury.

"Without this place I could be dead in a ditch - nobody would have known or cared," she said.

"That is how you feel when you are homeless - it messes your head up.

"There are some people who don't even realise they have mental health issues.

"But if it is spotted they can get help as soon as possible."

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