What is like to be homeless? What is inside their minds? What are the barriers they face in their lives? I don´t know, you don´t know! It´s beyond us to know what it’s like to be in their shoes.
Every day I wake up in a warm bed under a roof. What is to complain about right? I might have in my life difficulties, problems, worries, like everyone else has, but what are these problems when you think of people who are struggling to survive OUT THERE, I mean literally! I am a lucky one!
Every time I feel down or struggling with something, I must put things in perspective and think: what about the others who don´t have food, home, and are all alone in the world?
If I am feeling down or sick, I contact my friends, or I find a service that can help me with or just stay at home in my sofa eating chocolate. If you are a homeless the struggle is completely different. They might not even know that they are depressed, where to look for help or they are too embarrassed to look for help.
Homeless people are a vulnerable population with poor health conditions for the most obvious reasons.
Is mental health related to homelessness?
There are studies that shows that people who are homeless are more likely to experience compromised mental health and mental illness than the general population and homelessness increases poor mental health.
As this article enlightens: “People with poor mental health are more susceptible to the three main factors that can lead to homelessness: poverty, disaffiliation, and personal vulnerability. Because they often lack the capacity to sustain employment, they have little income.”
If you think about it, not having a home hinders your capacities to care for your health and well-being. The living conditions of a homeless person are so precarious that they are more susceptible to illness, depression and suicide.
We take for granted the warm of our home, the softness of our clothes, the clarity of our mind. Let´s be thankful to what we have! Life is all about perspective.