People who live with poverty and homelessness struggle with a variety of mental illnesses. The Parliamentary Information and Research Service estimates that in 1994, between 20% and 30% of homeless people in Canada suffered a mental illness and were in need of treatment.
Care for these mental illnesses and other diseases are typically available; however, since people struggling with homelessness and poverty are often stigmatized, they do not always have access to this care. Moreover, for patients without a permanent home, follow-up is often problematic, resulting in a vicious cycle that is hard to break without supportive intervention.
F.I.S.H. Corporation's approach is to partner with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and health care workers to provide adequate care and effectively address the many issues surrounding mental illness.
Here is a list of some of the diseases that most affect people struggling with homelessness and poverty:
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