Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness month. Today also marks the beginning of my mother’s homelessness.
According to the Mental Illness Policy Organization, people with untreated psychiatric illnesses comprise one-third of the homeless population. My mom suffers from Paranoid Personality Disorder and Delusional Disorder, and she has no insight into her condition and thus refuses treatment. It’s been more destructive to her and to our family than any kind of cancer.
Take some time to learn something this month as we continue to find hope for those who struggle with this every day of their lives.