Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry

Register      Login

VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 1 ( January-June, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Family Reintegration of a Homeless Person with Schizophrenia: A Case Report

Dolly Kumari, Ravi Parkash

Keywords : Community mental health services, Psychotic disorders, Rehabilitation

Citation Information : Kumari D, Parkash R. Family Reintegration of a Homeless Person with Schizophrenia: A Case Report. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2021; 15 (1):45-46.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0072

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 14-10-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Mental illness and homelessness are interlinked and constitute a vicious circle. Persons who are suffering from mental illness may get separated from their families because of their psychopathology or cognitive distortion. Sometimes they may not be able to recall their names and family residential address and wander away to faraway places. Being part of society is the key to having the important things in life that everyone wants. A person who is suffering from schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder also needs good health, relationships, food, shelter, and employment. With the help of new technology, like Google maps, and Aadhaar fingerprint, we can decrease the time spent for tracing the families of persons with mental illness and reintegrate the patients with their family members. Here, through this case study, an attempt has been made to discuss the efforts made and challenges faced concerning the reintegration of mentally ill persons with a special focus on enhancing social networks by using newer technology.

  1. Kumar P. Homelessness and mental health: challenging issue in an Indian context. Am Int J Res Humanit Arts Soc Sci 2014;7(2):160–163.
  2. Picchioni MM, Murray RM. Schizophrenia. Br Med J 2007;335(7):91–95. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39227.616447.BE.
  3. Swaminath G, Enara A, Rao R, et al. Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 and homeless persons with mental illness in India. Indian J Psychiatry 2019;61(10):768–772. DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_117_19.
  4. Gouveia L, Massanganhe H, Mandlate F, et al. Family reintegration of homeless in Maputo and Matola : a descriptive study. Int J Ment Health Syst 2017;11(25):1–6. DOI: 10.1186/s13033-017-0133-7.
  5. Folsom DP, Hawthorne W, Lindamer L, et al. Prevalence and risk factors for homelessness and utilization of mental health services among 10,340 patients with serious mental illness in a large public mental health system. Am J Psychiatry 2005;162(2):370–376. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.162.2.370.
  6. Montross LP, Barrio C, Yamada A, et al. Tri-ethnic variations of co-morbid substance and alcohol use disorders in schizophrenia. Schizophr Res 2005;79(2):297–305. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2005.04.014.
  7. Ms R, Clw C, Eyh C, Mz X, Ed C, Conwell Y. Homelessness among patients with schizophrenia in rural China : a 10-year cohort study. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2006;114(2):118–123. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0447. 2006.00746.x.
  8. Kumar P, Gupta R, Nagar A. De-institutionalization and community reintegration of homeless mentally ill: a retrospective study de-institutionalization and community reintegration of homeless mentally ill : a retrospective study. J Psychosoc Res 2019;14(6):97–104. DOI: 10.32381/JPR.2019.14.01.10.
  9. Gupta S, Sagar R. National Mental Health Programme – optimism and caution: a narrative review. Indian J Psychol Med 2018;40(6):509–516. DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_191_18.
  10. Gowda GS, Gopika G, Kumar CN, et al. Clinical outcome and rehabilitation of homeless mentally ill patients admitted in mental health institute of South India: “Know the Unknown” project. Asian J Psychiatry 2017;30:49–55. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.07.001.
  11. Narzary V, Sharma R, Swargiary B, et al. Ashadeep – a holistic intervention with homeless mentally ill persons in Northeast India. In: Social welfare policies and programmes in South Asia. 2019. p. 25–43.
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.