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Do 60% of homeless people need psychiatric care?


VERIFICATION - According to Dr. Norbert Skurnik, president of the Intersyndicale de defense de la psychiatrie publique, in Ile de France, tens of thousands of homeless people are mentally ill, in need of care.

We no longer have the capacity to treat as we would like

,” lamented Tuesday, November 29, Dr. Norbert Skurnik, president of the Intersyndicale for the defense of public psychiatry (Idepp).

The psychiatrist, questioned during a day of strike organized by the profession, illustrated his point by indicating that

"60 to 70,000 people, of whom at least 60% are mentally ill, wander outside any institution and any home "

in Ile-de-France.

"This population has nothing to do on the street, but should be treated"

, completes Dr. Skurnik, denouncing the lack of specialized structures – therapeutic hotels or nursing homes – to accommodate patients after hospitalization.

Is the percentage of people suffering from psychiatric disorders so high in the homeless population?

Is it related to lack of care?

Read alsoDisaffection of doctors, lack of means: French psychiatry in disinheritance



Studies on precarious people, a generally unknown public, are quite rare…

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Source: lefigaro

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