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MENTAL HEALTH, HOMELESSNESS AND DRUG ADDICTION

Many mentally ill people who needs comprehensive psychiatric care often end up homeless or victims of drug abuse. 

Unfortunately, most of our seriously mentally ill people end up in correctional facilities instead of mental hospitals. 

The percentage of people with serious mental illness in prisons rose from .7 percent in 1880 to 21 percent in 2005, according to the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. 

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Mental illness issue in Serbia, close to Bulgaria

03-Apr-2018

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I agree with all of you

03-Apr-2018

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Hi Narayana
This is sad and very true. This became a huge issue in the 1960's when human rights laws decided that asylums were not ethical for treatment of the mentally ill. This was also in part due to the creation of antipsychotic drugs that was then used for treatment. Unfortunately many of the people in these asylums had no family that wanted to take them in and no resources to live a quality life with their illness. I feel that an asylum that is run properly is perhaps the best place for persons with mental illness that simply can not deal with living in a normal society.

22-Mar-2018

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Stigma about mental health is systematically embedded even in healthcare delivery system. It is worse in public view. This add to worsening of mental illness among those who are minorities

13-Mar-2018

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This is true. There are hundreds of private institutions. Private mental health hospitals still in operation do not accept insurance and can cost upwards of $30,000 per month. People who have low income and marginalized communities who cannot afford private care, will end up in the streets.

13-Mar-2018

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