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.
The study report will be published next week in the Australian Journal of Social Issues.