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“Thomas ” and the Hope Mannequin

Guys, dolls, ya’ll – yesterday and today Thomas came to the realisation that the voice in his head is not real and he has a head injury.

His acting was realistic. The torture he expressed is so familiar to what I see each day in people who have voices haunting and taunting them. This morning I watched a man plug his ears to block out the sounds and run for his headphones because the world was too loud.

Sorting out reality from fantasy and or illness is difficult, and it wears on your self image, esteem and emotional health.

Good job, Bold and the Beautiful! This was easily the best acting I have seen on your show.


Should $12 and a Knife Cost a Life?

A letter mailed in February was answered in September by Los Angeles County. It denied the release of a peaceful elderly prisoner who has served over 30 years for stealing $12 while holding a knife. Yikes.

Justice is not always just.

Covid-19 is in the prisons and jails.

Can we reform the prisons and legal system yet?


Read his story in his own words:


Tiny homes in Arcadia

You guys, homelessness is a complex issue. Tiny homes. Shelters. Day centers. Outpatient mental health. Outpatient substance use treatment. Detox and inpatient treatment. Recovery bridge housing. Sober living. Group homes. Shared leases. These are all things that might work for different people. There is no one path that’s correct or effective. And for some people they will be housed and lose their housing over and over again and hopefully eventually be able to remain housed.

The calls for reopening insane asylums? Those are not bad ideas. There are several people that I know who will never be able to be self-sufficient. Bored and cares are too expensive and unable to provide the services that some of our more ill people need in order to be safe and live a life of dignity.

Almost as a big issue. It’s just scary idea. It makes us angry because it makes us scared. Own that and sit with it for a while

Mental Health Jeopardy Type Game


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Mental Health in Homeless Populations

I kind of thought that my days of doing all night writing and spending Sunday putting together PowerPoints would end at grad school. But here I am.

I did buy myself an iPad pro last weekend so I’ve been putting it to good use. All of my illustrations are my own.

ACEs and the causes of Homelessness

If you really want to be depressed, read on…..

These are the nine major causes of homelessness. The next picture are the 10 areas of adverse childhood experiences with those nine causes of homelessness overlaid into those boxes so you can see how they connect.

I’m not telling you to feel sorry for anybody who’s homeless. I’m asking you to try to understand why we have to be mindful of how we parent and interact with kids because it can lead to homelessness and other unintended side effects for the rest of their lives.

If you ever have a chance to have a conversation with somebody who is really struggling in life, ask them about their childhood and see if this makes any difference and how you feel about the current Homeless issue in LA.

Ain’t this the truth

It makes people so angry to think about helping someone else because it’s the right thing to do.

Helping somebody else who doesn’t have anything, doesn’t take anything away from your needs.

People say that it’s the Christian thing to do to make people be responsible for themselves. That’s not actually the Christian thing to do. That’s a church concept saying that you need to work so that you can give 10% of your earnings to the church. That’s about money and tithing that’s not about the word of God.

Christianity and Jesus teach about caring for one another. Jesus did not charge a sitting fee or a corkage fee for feeding people loaves and fishes. He didn’t even ask that the waiters, ummmm disciples, get tipped.

We could solve the world’s problems if we solved the anger and greed within ourselves.

9 causes of Homelessness

I wanted to make this picture bright and happy looking so people wouldn’t look away. Homelessness is ugly and scary but what if you knew how to prevent it. to prevent somebody losing their home you would have to know the nine reasons people do lose housing. .

Being involved with the criminal justice system.

Health issues. I think that COVID virus is a prime example of this one

Being in a natural disaster. Let’s talk Texas.

Mental health issues. Mental health issues disrupt your life and they can be once in a lifetime, they can come and go, or they can just be steadily with you without end. There’s no cure and it won’t kill you it just makes your life miserable. Imagine trying to find a job or be housed or live with other people if this is going on with you.

Substance use issues. Cost a lot of money to have a drug addiction, and if you are using drugs or have an addiction it’s disruptive to your workplace into your family life and can cause you to lose your housing. Also, people with active and disruptive addictions make terrible neighbors.

Being a victim of a crime.

Developmental or intellectual disability, lack of education. If you have a hard time navigating society you will have a hard time finding and keeping housing.

Family and domestic conflict. domestic violence is a biggie when it comes to causes of homelessness particularly among women and small children. But we also know that teens are kicked out of their homes when they come out as queer or transgender.

We’re going to talk about all these things in depth over the next couple of weeks.

What did I miss?

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