Mental Health & Homelessness – A Provider’s Perspective

“I Never Felt Settled” May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's befitting to use this space to share what I have witnessed in my work with chronically homeless individuals who also experience issues with mental health. I vividly recollect a conversation with a participant I will identify as Lily. She shared with me that years of being homeless had such a significant impact on her already-existing mental illness that she struggled with making the transition from being homeless to housed. After months of being housed, Lily struggled with the process of unpacking, even with support. Lily expressed that I wouldn't understand what it feels like to be homeless and have a mental illness: "I never

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