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Homelessness and Mental Illness

Posted by Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on 15 October 2019
Homelessness and Mental Illness

75% of homeless people have a mental illness.

Of these, 46% of women and 23% of men have schizophrenia. 33% have a major mood disorder.

48% of women and 28% of men have depression and 26% live with an anxiety disorder. 93% of homeless people in inner Sydney have experienced trauma.

Some of the most disturbing findings were that

58% of all homeless people had been seriously physically attacked or assaulted,

55% had witnessed someone being badly injured or killed.

68% of women had been sexually assaulted. (1)

These statistics show how important it is to advocate with State and Federal governments for safe, secure and affordable housing and support to end street homelessness.

  1. Hodder, T, Teeson, M, Burich, N Down and Out in Sydney: the Prevalence of Mental Disorders, Disability and Health Service use Among Homeless people in Inner Sydney. Sydney City Mission 1998.

If you haven't been able to defuse the crisis, then ring a mental health professional.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Crisis support lines 24/7 Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Mens Line Australia 1300 78 99 78
Family Drug Support 1300 368 186

This article is intended to be a resource for Lasallians with mental illness and their families. We thank and acknowledge the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for this resource.

More info and resources can be found at https://www.catholic.org.au/donotbeafraid


Author:Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
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