Preventing Homelessness: A Consumer Perspective
- Kenneth R. Wireman
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The biggest problem is the way people look at you. The cold is something you get used to and you can always find food. But you cannot get past the looks, the quiet whispers, and the way it makes you feel. You begin to feel utterly hopeless after just a short time. Being homeless and having a mental illness makes things much worse. With this combination, you reach the bottom of the bottom. The other homeless people start looking at you differently. It is like being a subset of a subset. It makes everything that much harder. It is actually about as hopeless as you can get.
It is almost impossible to stay on a medication schedule while living on the streets. If you have delusions or paranoia, you have to counterbalance these symptoms with the notion that there really are folks out there in the middle of the night that will find you, beat you senseless, take what little money you have, and take any medications that you have. Being in a shelter is not much better. Sleeping is very difficult.
- Fisher, D. (2006). The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health: Achieving the promise—Developing a recovery oriented mental health system. Paper presented at On Our Own of Maryland’s Statewide Leadership Summit: Voices of Transformation: Transforming Maryland’s Public Mental health System, Ellicott City, Maryland.
- Wireman, K. R., & Hoffman, E. (2004). 30th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues 2004: Innovative methods for providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Washington, DC: Rehabilitation Services Administration, US Department of Education.
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The Journal of Primary Prevention
Volume 28, Issue 3-4 , pp 205-212
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- 1. Main Street Housing, Inc., 1521 S. Edgewood Street Suite C, Baltimore, MD, 21227, USA