posted on Nov, 17 2014 @ 07:25 AM
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
This happened in the UK under the Thatcher government, there was a money saving move for community mental health services and they closed down all the
old institutions and a lot of the old patients could not put up living in the outside world and ended up on the streets.
The truth is that when you look at the evidence where possible; it is better to manage mental illness in the community so closing down mental health
hospitals makes some scene take the savings and put them into community mental health services. But i am going to bet it never works like that, they
just save the money.
If they are going to close down mental health institutions they need to then put more funding into community mental health services and put in safe
guards for those who have became institutionalised.
Very eloquently put, Sir.
I worked for years with people with mental illness and homeless. Unfortunately, I'm bipolar and life took its toll with all the emotional burn out of
the care work that I am having to take a long period out myself. So I know both sides VERY well.
I can only say there is a link between homelessness and mental illness. There are many other causes of homelessness, too. The client group is very
Mental health related homelessness is really diagnosed by a bit of common sense. If a person is not well enough to even control their own being then
how can they control their living environment? Modern living is very complicated. What it takes to keep a home functioning is beyond the means of some
people with mental health issues during an episode.
There has to be intervention in the community. If we anticipate the problems and give support then homelessness does not need to be an option.
Thank goodness here in Cornwall, UK that is the case. Excellent community support is by far the best remedy. Yes, spend some of that money you saved,
Like you, I am horrified by the past abuses of people with mental health issues. The whole institutionalisation experiment was a series of horrors,
human rights abuses and eugenically genocidal in nature.
Don't forget just how common mental illness is in the whole spectrum of world society, from very rich to very poor. That is why we have the ongoing
development of legislation and rights socially right now in the UK.
Personally, I will always argue for humanity and a civilized, positive response to this timeless human issue that imposes upon so many individuals and
families in all corners of the globe.