If you don’t already know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health America has been spreading awareness specifically during the moth of May since 1949.
Mental illness is a huge contributor as a cause of homelessness. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, mental illness was listed as the third largest cause of homelessness.
In 2017 554,000 people experienced homelessness in one night in the U.S. During 2017 the Treatment Advocacy Center stated that one third of people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of severe mental illness.
Mental health has always been an important topic in my own household. Kathy, my mom, has been suffering from bipolar disorder for the past 28 years. This time last year she was refusing to leave her room.
To express the importance of mental illness through Naming the Homeless we decided to randomly interview 10 individuals during the month of May to see how mental health has (or hasn’t) affected them and their experiences of homelessness. We will be posting their stories throughout the rest of this month to share their personal experiences.
Here are their stories: