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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 01:03 AM

Invisible People report- "Homelessness Causes a Lifetime of Trauma"

Finding and connecting with homeless people, or formerly homeless people, has become such a valuable, and oftentimes, cathartic experience for me. Discussions about homelessness happening in the media are largely different from those happening between individuals with lived experience. I donít connect to the media stories very much, and I know a lot of homeless people donít either.

I often see formerly homeless people portrayed in feel-good stories. In very special cases, a homeless person or family survive homelessness and thrive in their new life with no lingering psychological pain. Truthfully, Iím sure they do live with some level of psychological pain, itís just not mentioned. And, although these stories may be designed in such a way to inspire hope and a will to give and support homeless services, they can also be very misleading. Stories that describe the savior-complex of homeless service providers, which paint a pretty picture of recovery, are often very far from reality.

Instead, the reality is oftentimes a lifetime of trauma. Yet, we donít talk very much about homelessness as a cause (not a result) of trauma or mental illness.

Read full story@ https://invisiblepeople.tv/homelessness-causes-lifetime-trauma/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=homelessness-causes-lifetime-trauma


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