What started off as a place to send your loved ones so that they could get the very best care, ended up being shut down because the care was not up to standards associated with mental healthcare at the time. At the beginning of Peoria State Hospital’s life its name was synonymous with some of the best mental health care in the country. Although this was not true at the very end, the name Peoria State Hospital will always mean something more than that super scary house in Bartonville. Peoria State Hospital is a name that is remembered as a true pioneer in the treatment of mental illness (Bittersweet).
Individuals/families with lack of a high school diploma are also associated with homelessness. Other factor that’s associated with causes of homelessness are domestic violence, legal issues, barriers for people of color, lack of community support and institutional discharge, such as release from prisons, jails and hospitals without any place ... ... middle of paper ... ...ss people suffers from some form of mental illness. Homelessness results from a number of circumstances that often requires people to choose between food, shelter and other basic needs of daily living. Homeless individuals with mental disorder are unlikely to maintain residential stability without some sort of treatment or service. Some leading factors to homelessness are symptoms of emotional, cognitive and social disruption.
Early asylums were a place of refuge for people who had struggled with mental illnesses, but as more and more people were being admitted to these ins... ... middle of paper ... ...ally have a mental illness. An important idea that needs to be understood, is that there are no special words a person can say that will make a disease go away. There needs to be a process of treatment and therapy with a doctor, family, or even friends. If people with mental illnesses are to be helped, the world as a whole needs to allow time and sympathy for theses ill citizens to heal and grow. The view of asylums has change drastically over the couple hundred years they have been around.
There is no room at the inn for the nation?s indigent. Anyone who has studied this issue understands that homelessness is a complex problem. Communities continue to struggle with this socio-economic problem while attempting to understand its causes and implement solutions. The public and private sectors of this country are making a difference in the lives of the homeless by addressing the issues of housing, poverty and education. Many believe that a common thread among the homeless is a lack of permanent and stable housing.
There are over 3.5 million homeless people in the US now. Also, a quarter of people living on the streets are severely mentally ill, and must be admitted to institutions, and have the capability to if they were given or knew they had a chance. The poverty level is constantly rising, and is forcing more and more people onto the streets. We can just sit around and hope someone else does it, or we can take action. Next time you walk by homeless man or family, and before you make a judgement about them, just take a minute and think about how easily it could be you.
Many issues affect the homeless besides the obvious lack of housing. There are many different theories about why people become homeless and whether some of their issues cause homelessness or are the result of it. Some generally accepted causes for homelessness are; the breakdown of the family, lack of sufficient income and lack of affordable housing. Other issues the homeless struggle with may or may not have precipitated their homelessness like substance or alcohol abuse or mental illness. In addition, many homeless suffer from physical disease.
But the problem resurfaced again, this time in a different form. The mental health facilities were being to become overcrowded and abusive their patients. This is when the thinking changed to move the mentally ill out of asylums and into more of a community setting facility. This movement was called deinstitutionalization and was popular in the 1950’ and 1960’s. Its goal was to replace the psychiatric hospitals which required long stays and were often overpopulated, with community mental health services which were less isolated.
Many determine that people choose or want to be homeless. There are infinite of reason why people become homeless (Bolster). There are three types of homelessness in which people do not know about such as chronic, transitional and episodic. Chronic homelessness are mainly old people and are considered “hard-core unemployed.” They are likely to be entrenched in shelter systems and are more like long term housing instead of an emergency arrangement (“Homelessness in”). Transitional homelessness are traditionally only for one stay or short time.
Most homeless people have made some critical mistakes in their lives and need help. There are a lot of people that live pay check to pay check and are on the verge of being homeless themselves. Before you can belittle a homeless person, envision yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you were a homeless person? I know I would dislike begging for money on a daily basis.
Homelessness in the U.S is caused by mental illness and is a result of a lack of government services and in this case homelessness will not terminate without the support services to help the people in need. “The persisting spectacle of homeless people on American streets is a continuing indictment of our collective failure to make the basic ingredients of civilized society accessible to all citizens.” (William R. Breakey, MD, Psychiatrist Health Care for the Homeless.) Many things contribute to the resulting number of homeless people, however the main reasons for homelessness are unemployment, low income,... ... middle of paper ... ... 129.6 Million plastic bottles per day which is 47.3 Billion plastic bottles per year. About 80% of those plastic bottles end up in a landfill!” The plastic bottles would be filled up with sand and molded together with mud or cement. These houses would be bullet proof, fire proof, and would maintain a comfortable indoor temperature of 64 degrees in the summer time.