39% of individuals in Vancouver experiencing homelessness are affected by mental illness (Vancouver Homeless Count 2018). These individuals encounter more barriers to employment and tend to be in poorer health, both physically and mentally. Poverty and mental health is a vicious cycle, where those living with mental illness are more likely to experience homelessness, and the consequences of homelessness being more severe when coupled with mental illness.
This is why Streetohome is proud to support Bell Let’s Talk Day. We encourage everyone to join the conversation and raise awareness of mental health on January 30, 2019.
Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of your interactions. Learn more about how you can help at https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day
Thank you to Bell for your donation to Streetohome in supporting Covenant House’s Semi-Independent Housing Program for at-risk youth with mental health and addictions challenges. Since 2012, 160 youth have been able to receive needed mental health support as well as access safe and affordable housing through the program.