Which Came First, Mental Illness Or Homelessness
People with poor mental health are more susceptible to the three main factors that can lead to homelessness: poverty, disaffiliation, and personal vulnerability.
As they often lack the capacity to sustain employment, they have little income.
Delusional thinking may lead them to withdraw from friends, family and other people. This loss of support leaves them fewer coping resources in times of trouble.
Mental illness can also impair a person’s ability to be resilient and resourceful; it can cloud thinking and impair judgment.