In the homeless population, having a mental health condition and an addiction problem is the norm

One in three homeless people in Ireland has attempted suicide, and this figure increases to one in two among those with a mental health condition.

These were some of the stark findings from a new survey of homeless people’s health, presented at the 10th annual International Street Medicine Symposium, in Dublin recently.

The study, by the Partnership for Health Equity, which is a collaboration between the HSE, the North Dublin City GP Training Programme and the University of Limerick, surveyed 601 homeless people in Dublin and Limerick in 2013, and found that 89 per cent had been diagnosed with a mental or physical health problem. Read more at:

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