A study by the RMIT University in Victoria has stated that 15% of homeless people had a mental illness before they became homeless, while 16% developed a mental illness after they became homeless. The research shows that vast majority of people do not have mental health problems like anxiety and depression before becoming homeless. It is a serious problem for a significant minority of homeless people.
This discovery challenges the previous community perception that homeless people are likely to develop mental health problems. This should encourage policy makers to find newer ways to assess the problem of homelessness.
AdvertisementThe study report will be published next week in the Australian Journal of Social Issues.