Mental Illness And Homelessness In The Glass Castle

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Mental Illness and Homelessness Mental illness has played a pretty big role on homeless people and families. Researchers have said that most homeless people across the United States suffer from a mental illness. In the book The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls, there were multiple signs of mental illness within the author's parents. Homelessness can be caused by many reasons, but one of the main reasons for homelessness is mental illness. It is very likely that a person could have a mental illness before becoming homeless. Throughout the book The Glass Castle, the mother and father show many signs of mental illness. When Jeannette was three years old, she remembers “standing on a chair in front of the stove, wearing a pink dress… I could hear mom in the next room singing while she worked on one of her paintings… I felt a blaze of heat on my right side, I turned to see where it was coming from and realized my dress was on fire” (Walls 9) This quote shows that the mother has a mental illness if she is letting her three year old, Jeanette, in a dress stand over a stove cook hot dogs unsupervised, especially if the mother isn’t in the same room and isn’t able to hear Jeannette when something goes wrong. This is where bad decisions can cause people to lose money, family/support, and eventually become homeless.

David Weiss. A man with mental illnesses that causes him to become homeless. When David was talking with students about life with mental illnesses he

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