A Mission Australia study has found that homeless men experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at levels more than four times the Australian mainstream male population and even higher than returned servicemen.
The How homeless men are faring: Baseline report from Michael’s Intensive Supported Housing (MISHA) surveyed 75 men at their entry point to the Sydney-based MISHA homeless program, which links them with housing and support services.
The report found that 20 per cent of the men screened positive for PTSD. This is more than four times higher than Australia’s mainstream male population, where the rate is 4.6 per cent.
It’s also higher than that of returned troops in the US, where the upper estimate for PTSD incidence is 17.1 per cent. Martin Thomas, Mission Australia’s General Manager of Advocacy and Social Policy, said the data was an important piece in the puzzle in understanding the causes of homelessness and how to address it.