Urban street people in difficulty require major help and commitment of resources. Which leads us quickly to important moral and logistical propositions most of us are content to have nothing to do with. Recent work suggests over $50,000 per year is required.
What does it cost to help a homeless, mentally ill Canadian?
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Ontario does provide some public drug coverage to its citizenry and of course many employers provide benefit coverage as well. For the mentally ill, things run a little thinner than we like. The Toronto Star offers the final part in a series on the individual costs of mental health care at this link:
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The Broadbent Institute’s media arm pressprogress.ca drops this nine-chart cluster bomb nicely on target. Precariousness and austerity: what a disaster.
9 charts show the hidden cost of precarious employment in Canada
see also: (784) Precariousness up in the GTHA [Report]
Just in time for Valentine’s Day was this week’s publication in Lancet Psychiatry of a study on suicide and unemployment. Globally, about 45,000 people have been ending their lives yearly in direct response to a lack of work. The study included dozens of countries during the period 2000-2011. That means even before the Great Recession unemployment was damaging mental health. Even during good economic times suicide prevention and social services must be tuned to the influence of unemployment.
Suicide, unemployment, and the effect of economic recession
link to abstract
image: marie-II via Flickr/CC
MintPress News and socialworkdegreecenter.com provide a value-rich infographic on the effect of poverty on the brain for poverty awareness month. Poverty is tough on brains: we needn’t be a genius to figure that one out!
How poverty taxes the brain
(372) Studies indicate poverty impairs cognitive ability
(159) Suburban poverty and the brain
Canada’s Mental Health Commission has bolstered our understanding of how to mitigate a serious social difficulty. Excellent. Money well spent it seems on a program designed to get those with mental illness into good, supportive housing as quickly as possible. In Canada the system has tended to treat or control mental illness first and house later. Early results indicate a hopeful direction but the media coverage of this could positive story should have been stronger in our opinion.
Mental Health Commission of Canada unveils major study on homelessness reduction metronews.ca
Housing and homelessness
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents