Based on studies within in recent years, we’ve been able to understand how homelessness affects mental health, and when you think of The Great Depression during the 1930’s, it must have been an epidemic that had the sound of silence.
In a newer study by Dr. Guy Johnson and Prof. Chris Chamberlain of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, they found only 15 percent of homeless people had mental health issues before becoming homeless, while 16 percent of the sample group developed mental health problems after becoming homeless.
What this means is that half of mentally ill homeless people became that way after becoming homeless. They concluded that homelessness does cause mental health issues, particularly anxiety and depression, and is a severe problem for a significant minority of homeless people.
The old saying goes, money doesn’t buy happiness, but that’s just not true. It provides an emotional security. Not knowing how you’re going to pay for bills, food, heat, shelter, only causes stress and worry. It sends you down a rabbit hole of anxiety which leads into causing depression.
The dollar is an Emotional Currency. The more dollars you have, the greater the chance you’ll have Emotionally Security. It’s a sad truth, but it is the truth. That’s the world we live in.
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