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Mental illness is not the only reason why individuals end up on the streets, but it is s one of the lead contributing factors to homelessness
The effects of poverty and inadequate housing are exacerbated by such problems as mental illness and substance abuse.
Homeless individuals are not, as often portrayed in the media and even in some academic writings as people who choose to live life outside societal norms.
The trouble in allowing a split between two theories on the causes of homelessness. One theory is that individual’s personal problems cause them to be unable to keep housing, leading them to lives on the streets. The other theory is that societal, structural causes are at work. Homelessness appears to be caused mostly by structural forces, but is also influenced by individuals’ personal problems.
There are many barriers that need to be overcome when an individual or family with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems is rendered homeless.
Community Behavioral Health Services remain expensive, inefficient, and unimproved leaving many persons with mental illness on the streetsView Post and receiving treatment only when apprehended by the police.
It is sad to say that many people still ignorant about mental illness
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