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Mental Illness Among The Homeless - A New Documentary And History Project From Mount St. Joseph

Apr 4, 2017

While the majority of individuals who don’t have access to safe and secure housing are in their situations due to economic reasons, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25 percent of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness.

Mount St. Joseph University psychology student Rachel Jackson recently completed a documentary on homeless individuals in Cincinnati who suffer with mental health issues and local agencies offering programs and services to help them.

The documentary, Homelessness and Mental Illness, will be the keynote presentation at Mount St. Joseph University's Celebration of Teaching and Learning Day on April 20.

Rachel Jackson joins us, with Mount St. Joseph University Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-founder of the Schizophrenia Oral History Project, Dr. Tracy McDonough, to discuss the role mental health plays in housing insecurity.

If you would like to participate in an oral history project about people who have struggled with schizophrenia, please email

Mount St. Joseph University's Celebration of Teaching and Learning Day takes place on April 20, for more information, click here.