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Mental Illness and Poverty

The path to recovery is clearer with food on the table.

Families living with mental illness face challenges that many of us cannot imagine. For those suffering with bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and other conditions, even life’s routine daily tasks can become monumental. Many families impacted by mental illness also struggle to put food on the table—a hardship that can only add to their despair. The link between poverty and mental illness has long been studied by researchers who are eager to better understand the cause and effect nature of the relationship. Does the wretchedness of living in poverty lead to the deterioration of mental health? Or, is poverty a result of the debilitating effects and social isolation that so often accompany mental health issues?

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