Shelter from the mental storm

Eggerston, Laura
October 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/23/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 9, p1015
Academic Journal
The article discusses the report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information which focuses on the impact of homelessness on the increasing rate of patients with mental illness in Canada. The report entitled "Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health and Homelessness, " reveals that homeless people are more expected to have mental illness than the general population and found out that during 2005 and 2006, 52% of patients diagnosed from mental disorder are homeless. The report suggests that conducting housing first programs and assertive community treatment are the most effective way to combat mental illness. Moreover, other risk factors for mental sickness includes poverty, inadequate income and spending excessive amount on shelter.


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