Homeless youth are always dealing with poor nutrition, victimization, substance use, and abuse. Unfortunately the services provided are very limited and cannot help a huge chunk of the homeless youth. Homeless youth experience more substance abuse and drug addiction than non-homeless youth, this causes them to be mentally unstable and unable to be a functioning member of society. There are many temporary services provided such as shelters, drop-ins, meal programs, literacy improvements, and counselling programs; although these are available and there to help the youth, they are all flawed in their own ways. What the government does not take into consideration is the long term solutions to put youth in poverty to an end.
As a result, mental illness became one of the detrimental causes of homelessness, especially among the adult population. The mentally ill therefore, contribute greatly to the chronically homeless population. In 2013, the Annual Homeless Assessment Report
Mental illness has been a very underrated medical issue. It was long believed that people with mental illnesses were cursed by a higher being, possessed by the devil, or disgraceful. Children were kept away from their parents and adults were banished from their homes and communities. Although mental illnesses have become less stigmatised over the years, people with mental illnesses, who do not come from middle class or affluent communities, still do not have access to the proper information and care that they need. It seems that those who reside in underserved, urban communities are not aware of the truths of mental health, especially mental illnesses.
This is a problem because we can’t shelter them due to certain laws. What makes it worse is that this problem was only considered recently as stated by Kent Anderson, Waikiki Health's chief high-risk services officer. The cause of their homelessness can be traced back to their relationships with families and abuse which causes them to end up living on the streets. Furthermore, it is reported that they engage in sexual acts in exchange for drugs, food, and other necessities which can affect their mental health and can prevent help and aid because they learned a way to survive without any help from people or families. Despite the efforts we can take, without the topic being well known and without the consent of the teen or the guardians, there isn’t a effective way to move the youth in transitional
Stout explains that this dangerous if a victim does not seek help and is treated properly. She describes how her patients are unable to control when they go into a dissociated state; they are also struggling with the feeling that they are going crazy or insane. They are often unable to distinguish reality and their own mental worlds when they go into a dissociated state. People who suffer from this disorder cannot always know the difference between reality and their mind’s reality. Most people do experience their own world in their minds whether they are dreaming or watching a show or movie, but can then leave this mental world and know when they are returning reality.
Youth Homelessness in America Every year, millions of people are experiencing some form of homelessness in the United States alone. Of those people who are experiencing homelessness, a large proportion of them is under the age of 24. Data has found that there are over 550,000 youth have experienced homelessness for more than a week over the course of a year (“Youth and Young Adults,” 2018). In many cases, youth homelessness can be prevented, but the lack of resources and services available to youth is limited. As a result, the issue continues to grow and affect more and more youth have to experience homelessness.
Stigma and discrimination against the ill prevent people from seeking mental health care. Misunderstanding and myths surrounding mental ill health are widespread. Despite the existence of several effective treatments for mental disorders, there is a belief that they are either untreatable or that people with mental disorders are incapable of making decisions or that mental illness doesn't exist at all. This stigma can lead to abuse, denial of basic needs, rejection and isolation and exclude people from health care or support. Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries.
Over 85% of homeless families are headed by women - specifically, by single women with children - and domestic violence is a principal cause homelessness among single mother families. (“Family Homelessness Facts.”) “According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and
Overcrowding causes violence after the anger it causes. It’s a lack of resources that makes inmates feel like their is not enough for everyone so, this may cause fights between inmates. Overcrowding also just causes anxiety and stress. Imagine being in a place where you
Kirmayer et al (2011) in camps refugees are treated as victims or vulnerable groups that require help within the refugee centre while the refugees themselves know they are survivors who are seeking safety. This confusion has led to the lack of proper strategies that can address the mental illness of refugees. The ability of the refugees to cope with trauma from the experiences they had becomes difficult and not an easy task. To be able to address the issues of mental health of the refugees they need t be given protection that will make them feel comfortable and safe. Then they need trained people who know how to deal with trauma to talk to them and try to propose solutions to the situations and problems of the