Do you think that the majority of bums living on the streets are mentally ill?
Re-open (better, make new!) the mental hospitals!
As for veterans, the VA doesn't have a good record; let them use the new hospitals.
Long-term homeless people have mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. There are a magnitude of programs to help homeless people if they no longer want to live on the streets. The courts have ruled that homeless people cannot be forced to abandon street life. Living on the street may be a misguided choice, but it is a choice to refuse help from the numerous agencies, organizations, and people who offer them assistance.
Most are veterans
What percentage are veterans?
Yes. Homelessness can perpetuate mental illness anyway
There are mentally ill and substance abusers mostly.
I don’t think I’m qualified to make that assessment. And there are also many that simply can not afford to live where they are anymore.
Shouldn’t they move then?
Yes, no, maybe...I’m sure it’s probably a lot of things; probably no means to move.
I'm not letting my friends or family live on the street. You get kicked out of place? You did something wrong. There are shelters. Homes. But they have rules too. Come and go. You get kicked out of there? 3 times? And now you are on the streets. Go for the beach I say. They have public showers. They need help. Even the government gave up on them. They need injections to make them a bit more stable 🤷♂️
Not stable. They have had many chances. Programs. Something went wrong somewhere.
Sadly, I think they are.
I'm voting normal here, basically because I don't like the characterization of the mentally ill as "crazy." I think that's rather unkind.
Think of veterans with mental issues, maybe PTSD. No matter what one may think of them personally and privately, I'd rather not see them referred to that way publicly. And I'm not going to call people who served our country and came back damaged as a result "crazy."
And that's just one example, but it's one that tugs at my heart the hardest.
Maybe I can be a bit less emotional, and think about what constitutes "normal" another time.
I agree with all you’ve said, Susan! But I still voted crazy, even though I do NOT like that word for them, because the question itself said mentally ill, and I DO believe that a large number of both our homeless and those in prisons are mentally ill.
This is a result of the shutting down of mental health institutes of decades ago. I felt that was a major mistake then, and I still do. We need MORE quality mental health facilities, not less!
People that disrespect our veterans who return home with grave psychological wounds have probably never served this country in any capacity. They don’t understand. If they did, they would never show such disrespect in the first place.
I agree, Jack! But not just our veterans. If they disrespect ANYONE with mental health problems, it tells me they probably have never been around anyone with mental health problems. I have a LOT of experience in that area, with family members.