Homelessness Appears to Increase Death Risk Among Veterans With Mental Illness

Homelessness in conjunction with severe mental illness increases early mortality risk in veterans, according to a new study published in the July Psychiatric Services.

The study showed that psychiatric disorders increased early mortality likelihood among veterans by 2.4 years regardless of homelessness status when compared with those without disorders—however, these numbers were amplified by homelessness. Homeless veterans diagnosed with mental illness had the highest risk for premature death among all groups studied and were more likely to die 10.3 years earlier than their nonhomeless mentally ill counterparts.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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