mental / physical health » Stable housing and supportive services are critical
About half of people experiencing homelessness suffer from mental health issues. At any given point in time, 45 percent of homeless people report having had indicators of mental health problems during the past year. About 25 percent of the homeless population has serious mental illness, including chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
People experiencing homelessness also have a high rate of substance use. According a 1996 survey, 46 percent of homeless respondents reported having an alcohol use problem in the past year,
and 38 percent reported a problem with drug use in the past year. Mental and physical health problems are exacerbated by living on the streets and in shelters. Health conditions that require ongoing treatment — such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and mental illness — are difficult to treat when people are living in shelter or on the streets. Medication can require special steps, including refrigeration or special storage, that can be difficult to execute for people experiencing homelessness. Preventative care can also be difficult for this population to access due to its often prohibitive cost, so people experiencing homelessness may wait to seek medical care until a trip to the emergency room is necessary.
These mental and physical health conditions should be considered when designing effective, efficient strategies to end homelessness. Permanent supportive housing provides stable housing coupled with supportive services as needed – a cost-effective solution to homelessness for those with the most severe health, mental health, and substance use challenges.
Directors Corner »Youth Volunteers Support NATH & Frederick Place
Most recently we have had a number of youth who have been volunteering to help us out at Frederick Place and at fundraising events. It is a joy to see the young faces get excited about volunteering and supporting NATH/Frederick Place.
NATH has had youth who have donated food items, clothing and their time. They have helped paint Frederick Place, sell food at a brat sale and walked around with signs to help bring people in to our brat sales.
The energy that the youth bring to volunteering is one that is exciting and “catchy”.
A group from Plymouth High School recently spent time painting at Frederick Place while a group from Crystal Rock, Illinois were in Minocqua helping with our brat sale at Trigs.
We have another group of youth volunteers who will be joining us for four days in July/August and will be helping at Trigs in Rhinelander and Camp’s in St Germain at our brat sales.
When the youth are involved in the brat sales they are able to provide us with more advertisement for the sale by walking around with signs advertising the event.
We still have a number of brat sale dates where we could use youth volunteers. If you or a group of youth that you know would like to help with one of the following brat sale events please contact me at 715-369-9777 and we can put the plan in motion.
- Friday, July 25th—Trigs in Rhinelander
- Friday & Saturday, August 8th & 9th—Copp’s in Antigo
- Thursday & Friday, August 14 & 15th—Nelson’s in Tomahawk
- Friday & Saturday, August 22nd & 234d—Butch’s in Antigo
- Friday, August 29th—Great Lakes Food in Tomahawk
Other ways that youth have supported us have been through doing bake sales, collecting items from our Wish List, decorating Frederick Place, providing treats, making blankets, donate personal items for kids to the house. It is hard for them to actually help directly at Frederick Place but we will figure out a way if you or a youth group you are associated with are interested in partnering with NATH.
THANK YOU for you SUPPORT!
- NATH Executive Director