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The Causative Relationship Between Homelessness and Mental Health

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A graduate of Yale and McGill Universities, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers is a psychiatrist who has forged a career helping people seeking mental health treatment in the city of Chicago. Prior to her current role as a consulting psychiatrist for Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Dr. Carol Lynn Childers worked as a mental health professional with Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, where she focused on treatment of psychiatric issues in the city’s indigent and homeless populations.

Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests that up to a quarter of the U.S. homeless population struggles with mental illness, compared to just six percent of the general population in the country. Studies also suggest that mental illness has a causative relationship to homelessness, rather than a correlative one. This is evidenced by the fact that living homeless is a stressful, isolating, and depressive experience often caused as a direct result of traumatic life experiences, such as the loss of a loved one, a job, or the deterioration of important personal relationships.

Those at risk of homelessness who are struggling with mental health issues can begin their search for assistance through the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program supported by SAMHSA. To find a local PATH provider, those in need can use the discovery tool on the SAMHSA website at https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources/grants-programs-services/path-program/state-provider-contacts.