Stable Housing Leads to Stable Lives


The Mental Health Commission of Canada will release an interim report this summer of its nationwide “Housing First” study – 1000 people with mental illness diagnoses who have received housing compared with 1000 have not. “So far we are seeing good outcomes,” said Louise Bradley, president of the commission, this week, “…people begin to think about their substance-abuse issues and their mental-health problems when they don’t have to worry about being warm.” Bradley spoke of hearing the participants’ discussions changing over the study’s first year from themes of loneliness to getting a job.

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MHCC Early Finding Report
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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Kermit Cole, I wrote you a response on this and other articles you have posted along with a response to your comment to me based on my comment on the so called positive aspects of bipolar article. Not to worry, I think you are doing a great job!! I also thank you for your concern for my feelings that I should be more subdued about expressing though the mention of the fad fraud bipolar epidemic and the like of those like “Dr.” CHILD ADHD/BIPOLAR Joseph Beiderman who compared himself to God can drive me to apoplexy at times. Just a figure of speech!

    Also, thanks for your positive response to my comment on “whether the term, mental illness, matters or not.” In keeping with maintaining a good sense of humor and/or sanity, I will try to meditate so I won’t need tranquilizers to read some of these articles. Just kidding!! I have a dry sense of humor and some of what I wrote in my response to you under the bipolar article is tongue in cheek.

    I appreciate all of your articles though I may not like the painful reality they report about the perils of psychiatry.
    But, as C.S. Lewis brilliantly demonstrates in his great book, THE PROBLEM OF PAIN, some pain can be a necessity to our survival.

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