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Old 09-17-2009, 01:49 PM
 
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Chicago is my 4th city that I have lived in. Out of all the cities I have lived in, Chicago is the only city where I noticed a lot of mentally ill people.

It's almost scary. I've manged shelters in other cities but Chicago is by far the city in which I have worked with the most mentally ill clients.


Does anyone else have any other experiences?


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Old 09-17-2009, 01:55 PM
 
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The "rest haven" is a headquartered right here:
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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I would think a large population would make a difference. .
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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LOL, I hope its not anything like Miami...even the normal people there are crazy.
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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Believe it or not many people are mentally ill and you would never know it. It's only when they don't receive treatment and go off their meds that they start showing signs. Back in the 70's there was a push to close down psych hospitals and move them into outpatient clinics. We all know how well that went.

Traditionally you only saw large percentages of chronic mentally ill people in Uptown and Downtown. Expect to see them in many more neighborhoods now that the funding for mental health clinics has been drastically cut.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:49 PM
 
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Chicago is my 4th city that I have lived in. Out of all the cities I have lived in, Chicago is the only city where I noticed a lot of mentally ill people....
What other cities have you lived in? I lived above a halfway house here in Chicago and volunteered there for a while, but there were still fewer people that struck me as crazy than I met in Portland. Overall Chicago seems quite well-balanced to me.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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San Francisco is the land of the zombie hoardes of drug addicted and mentally ill homeless people. The have something like 20 times the homeless population of Chicago and have become sort of a homeless Mecca because of all of the services they offer.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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What other cities have you lived in? I lived above a halfway house here in Chicago and volunteered there for a while, but there were still fewer people that struck me as crazy than I met in Portland. Overall Chicago seems quite well-balanced to me.

I am glad you responded. You are looking at someone and thinking "they don't seem mentally ill".

Big mistake.......you'd be surprised who is mentally ill.

Some of the most "normal looking/acting" people are mentally ill. I deal with them EVERYDAY.



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Old 09-18-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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San Francisco is the land of the zombie hoardes of drug addicted and mentally ill homeless people. The have something like 20 times the homeless population of Chicago and have become sort of a homeless Mecca because of all of the services they offer.
I have heard this about SF.
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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Chicago is my 4th city that I have lived in. Out of all the cities I have lived in, Chicago is the only city where I noticed a lot of mentally ill people.

It's almost scary. I've manged shelters in other cities but Chicago is by far the city in which I have worked with the most mentally ill clients.


Does anyone else have any other experiences?


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I've had a few experiences with homeless/mentally ill people. My first encounter was when i was young we were walking to the corner stoer and some lady jumped out a trash can that was in the alley then she started running off like a cheetah. that was pretty strange.
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