Healing Hearts: Mental Health Awareness Month

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On average, when people begin counseling at Good Sam, their depression score tends to fall in the moderately depressed range. Depression can have a profound impact on various aspects of everyday life, including functionality and stability. When left untreated, it can intensify existing challenges and potentially lead to or worsen homelessness.

Depression can often affect our ability to maintain regular routines, concentrate on tasks, and engage in social interactions. This can make it difficult to hold down a job, manage finances, and maintain stable housing. The emotional toll of depression may also strain relationships with friends, family, and support networks, further contributing to isolation and instability.


For individuals experiencing homelessness, depression can be particularly challenging. The stressors of not having a stable place to live, coupled with the social stigma and lack of access to resources, can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and failure. Without proper support and intervention, it becomes even more challenging for individuals experiencing homelessness to address their mental health needs and work towards regaining stability.

Recognizing the impact of depression on daily life and its connection to homelessness underscores the critical need for comprehensive support and resources.  This could include providing individuals with access to counseling, affordable housing, employment assistance, and support from their community.

I am proud of the work we do here at Good Sam because we provide these important resources and support every day offering short-term and long-term housing, case management with financial and budgeting support, exploration of employment and increasing income, and fostering community support. This could include partnerships with local banks for our microloan program and building connections and relationships with a mentor. 

When we tackle both mental health issues and social problems, we can better support individuals in overcoming challenges associated with both depression and homelessness.

Here are some simple ways to practice self-care and boost your mood:

Remember, self-care looks different for everyone, so find what works best for you and make it a priority in your daily routine.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988.


Article By:

Kristin M. Lapp, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Therapist, Good Samaritan Services



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