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Social Work Visions from Around the Globe by Anneli Pohjola, Pirkko-Liisa Ranhalon, Teppo Kroger, Anna Metten

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Mental Homelessness: Locked Within, Locked Without

Shuvit Melamed, MSWDanny Shalit-Kenig, MAMarc Gelkopf, PhDArturo Lerner, MDArad Kodesh, MD

SUMMARY. The concept of Mental Homelessness is presented and developed. This paper will provide a historical review of the connection between mental illness and housing and the changing approaches toward institutionalization and de-institutionalization over several centuries. Case illustrations from practice in Israel will be presented to highlight the theme of home, or rather the theme of lacking a home as an element which may be inherent to a mental illness.

More specifically, the paper argues that homelessness is a state of mind of which the actual, physical homelessness may be a manifested reflection ...

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