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HOW ABUSE CONTRIBUTES TO THE SHELTER?

The position of women in society has always been shady. The world has always painted the picture of the happy family with the loving housewife and the caring husband, but as citizens of the real world we know that that’s just propaganda to cloak the truth. The truth being that happiness does not exist for all marriages/ relationships especially for the woman. According to the NCADV the victims are not just women. The website reported that 1 out of 4 men are abused by their significant other, this number pales in comparison to the 1 out 3 women who are abused each year. Looking at the facts it is safe to agree that the gentle nature of a woman has been taken advantage of in many situations. I

No Sympathy for the Mentally Ill Homeless

Those suffering with mental illness are likely to feel isolated and hopeless, but being homeless while suffering with mental illness seems even more unbearable. Severe mental illness can prevent its victims from finding work, which leads many to label them as lazy or incompetent. The stigma associated with mental illness causes much of society to ignore homeless, mentally ill individuals instead of recognizing them as human and in need of help. The National Coalition for Homelessness reports that the third largest cause of homelessness is mental illness. Most of the mentally ill homeless are plagued by schizophrenia, severe depression, or bipolar disorder; homeless veterans are typically cri

Mental Illness or… Social Illness

We’ve all had this experience. You're packing away your groceries in the car trying to leave before the rain comes down. Then a man in tattered clothes approaches you and mentally you brace yourself. You don't want him touching you or communicating with you in any type of way. So when he begins spewing out his words of nonsense you shake your head and drive off before he could get any closer. Minutes later that individual fades from your mind and gets dropped in the box as just another ‘homeless crazy guy.’ These experiences are the norm in society. As people of the 21st century, an encounter like this is bound to happen. It's so normal that the sympathy is erased and there is a lack of curi

AN OVERLOOKED OVER LAP

“Anyone walking the streets is familiar with the problem of lost souls too disoriented to take care of themselves,” Many people find themselves lost at one point or other in their lives. However, for most, this is an internal feeling and they still have a sense of stability when they are home. Five percent of the world population currently lives with some sort of mental illness and if we are naive enough to believe that that percentage doesn’t, in the least bit, overlap with the percent of the people left homeless in our world, then we are truly ignoring the problem. Mental illness not only disrupts people’s ability to carry out the essential aspects of daily life but it also prevents people

Substance Abuse and Homelessness

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a large proportion of homeless individuals struggle with substance abuse (2009). Although this may be true, in order for one to overcome this problem, it should be seen as an illness which needs a large amount of treatment and support (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Substance abuse can be a cause of homelessness but it also may arise as a result of it (National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009). Gathering an accurate count of substance abuse among homelessness is difficult but in 2003, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that 38% of homeless people were alcohol dependent and 26% were depend

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