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Working with clients who have a mental health condition

While homelessness is not a mental health condition, a 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Urban and housing development estimated 25% of the homeless population suffers from a MHC. Many of them have pets for security and companionship; that pet may be their only friend. Photo Srdjanns74/Bigstock.

Mental health conditions (MHC) take many forms, and are more common than you may realize. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Approximately one in five adults in the U.S., or approximately 43.8 million people, experience some form of mental illness in a given year, and approximately one in 25 adults in the U.S. experience a serious mental illness in a given year that interferes with, or limits, one or more major life ...


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