Many individuals who do not seek care for mental illness find themselves unable to function normally. People often turn to drugs to cope with their conditions and find themselves unemployed and homeless over time. Now, one California community is doing its part to keep people with psychiatric problems off the streets.
In Santa Monica, California, a new program has been created to provide individuals with housing and emotional support as they cope with their illnesses, according to Voice of America News. Jacob Ramsey is one example of an individual who reached out for help from the organization, and has since turned his life around.
“Somebody said to me, you’re in Los Angeles now,” Ramsey told the news source. “‘You’re in Hollywood. Everyone has a psychiatrist here.’ So I listened to them.”
Ramsey and several others have received help sobering up, treating their medical conditions and even finding jobs. Los Angeles County supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told the news source that private groups are helping lower the number of homeless people in the community.
Nearly 26 percent of Americans suffer from a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation programs can help individuals get back on their feet and turn their lives around.