Unveiling Mental Health Challenges in Homelessness: Recent Research Highlights Alarming Trends 

One man, young homeless sitting on the street and begging.

United States – The recent scientific findings suggest that there is a third of the homeless who have mental problems which is a growing trend. Female dominance is plain to see, with higher prevalence of mental illness noticed among male homeless population rather than among women. Yet, both of them can be afflicted by mental health issues higher than the average rate of the population, as reported by HealthDay. 

Rising Rates of Mental Illness Among the Homeless 

Some researchers argue that the number of homeless falling prey to psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety, especially in areas like the US and Canada, is steadily increasing. Researcher Rebecca Barry from the University of Calgary did this thorough study finding substance use disorders, antisocial personality disorders, depression, bipolar mood disorders, etc as mental health issues widely spread in the group of homeless people. 

Unveiling Mental Health Challenges in Homelessness: Recent Research Highlights Alarming Trends. Credit | Getty Images
Unveiling Mental Health Challenges in Homelessness: Recent Research Highlights Alarming Trends. Credit | Getty Images

Implications and Factors Contributing to Homelessness and Mental Illness 

Barry’s research team delved into thousands of studies, revealing staggering statistics: Right now 67% of homeless suffer from the mental illness and 77% of them have ever experienced any kind of mental problem. These figures actually exceed the normal ones and implicitly showcase how basic the problem is. There are multiple factors that can lead to homeless being more susceptible to experiencing mental illness these include housing affordability, the limited access of mental health care, and socioeconomic challenges, as reported by HealthDay. 

Preventive Measures and Interventions 

Under such conditions, programs like “housing first” and “assertive community treatment” are therefore essential for the provision of stabilization and support to homeless people with mental problems. These initiatives place priority on the provision of the permanent housings for homeless people, with a comprehensive mental health care and support services. By creating plans that will deal with the underlying causes of homelessness and mental illness these preventive measures seek to decrease the significant number of mentally ill in the homeless population.