Mental Illness And Homelessness

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In the last three decades, mental illness rates in the homeless have risen rapidly. Thirty percent of Minnesota's population is homeless; of this thirty percent between fifty and seventy percent have a diagnosed mental illness. The rate of homeless people with a mental illness is much higher than the state average; one in seventeen. Homelessness and mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. Mental illness and homelessness are tightly intertwined and contribute to one another often while mental health treatment is advancing, it is still not widely available to the homeless.
Of Minnesota’s 5.2 million people, one in four will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. One in Seventeen Minnesotans live with a
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“ Over 92% of mothers who are homeless have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse in their lifetime. … Compared to low-income housed women, mothers who are homeless have [three] times the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (36%) and [about] 50% of homeless mothers have experienced … major depression since becoming homeless” (SAMHSA), this shows that trauma can have a negative effect in women's lives before becoming homeless that cause mental illness and may contribute to their homelessness, but also that homelessness is a big factor in causing mental illness or symptoms in…show more content…
While some organizations help the homeless learn skills, get medical treatment, take part in counseling, and find affordable housing, most organizations are only a survival mechanism; providing food, clothing, and shelter for the night. While many people look down on the homeless, saying they should just get a job, it is better said than done. Many homeless people would like to get a job, but most need help getting there and for some a job is not an option due to medical disabilities; six in ten “long-term homeless adults have a serious mental illness and about half have a condition that limits the kind or amount of work they are able to do” (Wilder). Wilder Research and Foundation, a nonprofit social services organization, found in a study on homelessness that “[we] have gotten better at smoothing pathways to housing for those with fewer obstacles … but we still struggle to find feasible exits for those with significant mental health issues” (Wilder). If homeless people with mental illness can find and receive adequate long-term treatment and support, as well as affordable housing programs and corporate with the treatment given to them, they would probably stand a good chance of leaving homelessness permanently. The problem with this idea is that there is not enough support for homeless people with multiple problems, and the ones that are available, and successful, are scarce. “The promise of creating adequate
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