Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA)
“The young people I work with are good people who deserve a support system. The only difference between me and the people TIP serves is that I was loved well. I am lucky enough to have a reliable support system in my friends, family and community. Reach out to be a support system. Hire the youth. Property owners; house the youth. Connect to make a difference. It is important to know these services exist. It cost less to house someone who is homeless, than to allow them to be homeless and seek emergency help. When you see a homeless person direct them to your local social service agencies!”
Many have said that it is not what is on the outside but what is on the inside that matters. If this is true then why is mental health still a taboo? Especially with respect to todays youth which in my eyes are the most vulnerable. They are old enough to experience and somewhat understand the chaos we live in. While being expected to reach their potential by every adult they come in contact with. Yet, they are not old enough to defend themselves from the stigma that mental health illnesses can cause. Green to the life of an adult, and homeless. Most of them lost without guidance.
Thankfully there are resources like, Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) and the programs they offer through The Village. One of the services they offer at The Village is called Transition in Place (TIP). It is a program specifically for youth who suffer from mental health issues and are homeless. TIP helps young adults ages 18 - 25 who are homeless and working to get on their feet as they transition into adulthood. TIP provides funding for housing in the community as well as guidance and support as the young adults work toward full-time jobs, school enrollment, and independence.