The Leading Cause Of Homelessness In The United States

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Persons with mental illness make up a large amount of people who are homeless. According to the substance Abuse and Mental heal services Administration 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United State suffers from some severe form of mental illness (National Institute Of Mental Health, 2009) . Serious mental health issues in disrupts a person’s ability to live a normal functioning life. People who fall into this category have a very hard time practicing self care and basic household management and even keep a stable job due to their sickness. In relation to homelessness people who are mentally ill also have a hard time keeping stable relationships with people in society. This results in pushing away care givers, family and friend who may be force to that keeps them from becoming homeless and once they have losses those people then they don’t have any one to take care of them or have any place to live. A study done in California public mental health system which looked at individuals who had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia found that 15% had been homeless at some point of their lives (Folsom et al.,2005).…show more content…
Mental health not only is one of the leading causes of homelessness but a person having a mental illness can also affect one’s physical health which can also elevate the rate of more and more people becoming
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