Free Mental Health services for homeless. Help those who need it most. Change starts here!

Free Mental Health services for homeless. Help those who need it most. Change starts here!

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Jesse Siegler started this petition to Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and

One of the biggest issues in this country, is the rising amount of homeless individuals. In my opinion we have been looking at this the wrong way. We don't just need to find them housing or shelter, but therapy and psychiatric help as well.

I myself have been homeless and have personally experienced the strain on my mental and emotional state. Luckily my father had health insurance and I was able to receive the mental health care I needed. Unfortunately most of the homeless do not have any insurance and if they do it may not cover this crucial part of a humans ability to function.

A person's mental health is equally as important if not more so than one's housing situation. Instead of enabling the homeless to get SSI or General Relief (Unless absolutely necessary), we should be giving them an opportunity to receive free mental health care.

If we help a homeless individual become mentally healthy/stable, they are more likely to obtain and hold employment. Once they are able to do that, that individual will have a whole new world to walk into, one where money and housing is not an issue, and not having the basic necessities will be a thing of the past.

Yes I do believe getting them off the streets and into some sort of stable living is important, but giving them the mental health help will bring them much closer to continue living a stable life, instead of the temporary fix that we are offering.

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