It’s an unfortunate reality that mental illness carries with it such a prevalent stigma. There are those that are afraid of the mentally ill, and society has cast an unfair blanket image of violence and instability on mental illness as a whole. This, when compounded with the already-damaging stigma against the homeless as being dangerous or more likely to commit to criminal actions, can result in the mentally ill homeless population being untreated. As a result, crisis intervention in Baltimore is incredibly important for those dealing with their mental health, and we at Irvington My Brother’s Keeper want to highlight some unfortunate mental health realities.
How Many Untreated?
You might be aware that mental illness is an issue among the homeless, but you may not realize the extent of it. According to The Treatment Advocacy Center, around 33% of the homeless are suffering from serious, untreated mental illnesses. These include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression. This leaves the mentally ill feeling isolated and trapped, believing themselves to be unable to be saved.
How Do We Tackle The Issue?
When looking at the larger picture, we must first attempt to change our perceptions towards those who are suffering from mental illnesses. Often, they want treatment and help and aren’t as dangerous as they might seem. On perhaps an even larger scale, there needs to be a push to give those who are living in poverty or homelessness with a mental illness more resources. We also need to let those who are in desperate need know about resources like crisis intervention in Baltimore.
How Can Crisis Intervention in Baltimore Help?
Crisis intervention services are meant to offer immediate, short-term assistance to those in need. This can be a response to a variety of traumas, including emotional, mental, physical, or behavioral, and include things like the loss of a loved one or losing your job. These programs can help stabilize the burden and let the sufferer know that they are far from alone. Some emergency crisis resources include a 24/7/365 national Crisis Center Hotline, which you can reach by calling either (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 273-8255.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.