Mental Health and Homelessness – Housing Coupled with Support Brings Health and Economic Benefits

Mental health problems are far more common among people who are homeless. Not having a safe place to sleep causes further anxiety and stress on top of this, access to mental health services is a challenge and people often miss the opportunity to participate in earlier types of community based treatment and support. “While around one in five people in the general population will have a mental health issue at …

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WA’s homeless services “struggling” with mental health challenges

WA Today Youth advocates have expressed grave concerns about services for the homeless, with many “struggling” to provide adequate support for those also living with mental health issues. The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia held a summit last week, to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, with the aim of raising awareness about homelessness and mental health concerns among young people. “When you think of homelessness, you think of homeless men,” YACWA ambassador Annabeth Bateman …

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A nation’s shame of homeless heroes: Modern-day Anzacs left destitute after suffering PTSD

Published by The Daily Telegraph 27 April 2015 by Bruce McDougall They are Australia’s shame — the modern-day Anzacs who served their country in wars and have been left broken, destitute and often sleeping rough on the streets. At least 3000 damaged young war veterans are battling mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, relationship breakdowns and often ­suicide. After years of serving their country in the forces, many of them …

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