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Running head: HEALTH DISPARITIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL1Health Disparities For The Homeless And Mental IllGrand Canyon University: UNV-515
HEALTH DISPARITIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL2Health Disparities For The Homeless and Mentally IllWith the growing homeless population, there is no doubt that there is also an increase in their health care and their ability to be able to afford health care. According to Folsom et al. (2005) "homelessness remains a persistent public mental health concern. Between one-fourth and, one-third of homeless persons have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression". With limited resources already for the homeless population, there are many challenges regarding mental illness that need to be addressed.Prevalence of Mental Illness Among the Homeless PopulationAlthough it's difficult to know the exact amount of homeless people in our country currently, it can be estimated that there are 69% that are living in sheltered housing or emergencyhousing and 31% are unsheltered living on the street (Torrey, 2019). Of that percentage, roughly 25% are seriously mentally ill and 45% had diagnosed mental illness. Homelessness and mental illness have contributed to each other due to the lack of treatment these patients are receiving. The untreated illness causes outbursts and behaviors related to their underlying diagnosis resulting in them living alone or being kicked out of their current residence. According to Torrey (2019), “Mental illness was the third largest cause of homelessness for single adults. For homeless families, mental illness was mentioned by 12% of cities as one of the top three causes of homelessness”. The most common mental illness presenting in this population are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, and substance abuse.Challenges Patients Face When Dealing with Mental Illness and Being HomelessOne of the main challenges of homelessness, as is, is the inability to have health care coverage for chronic medical conditions. When you throw mental illness into the mix as well, that adds on even more complex health care and treatment that is inaccessible to this patient
HEALTH DISPARITIES FOR THE HOMELESS AND MENTALLY ILL3population. Dealing with mental health with any individual requires a comprehensive treatment plan that includes, but is not limited to, therapy sessions, balancing of different medications,

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