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Research Snapshot: Half of homeless men are not receiving enough mental health support

February 9, 2012

The risk of homelessness is 10 to 20 times higher for people with mental illness than for the general population. What’s more, homeless people with mental illness often do not receive support or services.

Researchers in Toronto looked at how well the mental health needs of homeless men are being met. Their findings can help inform the efforts of policymakers and housing and support service providers who are trying to better address the mental health needs of homeless people.

EENet has developed a Research Snapshot of the article, “Regional and individual influences on use of mental health services in Canada,” by Vicky Stergiopoulos and others. It was originally published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 21, no. 3 (2010): 1031-45. The Snapshot is available at

Research Snapshots are brief, clear language summaries of research articles, presented in a user-friendly format. To read EENet’s clear language summary of this article and others, visit the EENet website

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