Individuals affected by the diseases that attack the body’s most important organ (brain) must not be stigmatized.
Are mental health professionals unintentionally contributing to the problem of stigma?
Mental health professionals conceal mental illness in themselves and in their families because of stigma.
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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.
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.
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Members of Congress should be also more open about their experiences of mental health. This could have a highly significant impact on damages from negative stereotypes