Homeless in New York
Majid Ali, M.D.
Human Are Defined by Their Conversations
There were 565,000 homeless in New York City in January 2015, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most disconcerting aspect of this problem was that one of four homeless were children below the age of 18.
The mention of the word homeless brings up the subject of mental health. Politicians shun these two words. They know they cannot do anything meaningful about the burgeoning problems of mental health disorders among homeless. The initial reaction of medical professional is not much different.
An Army of 250,000 Mental Health Workers
In November, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious plan. Here is how The New York Times put it:
“The plan’s six “guiding principles” and 54 programs encompass widely varying things like training for 250,000 New Yorkers in mental health “first aid,” a public-service ad campaign, early-childhood programs teaching social and emotional skills, more screening and treatment for maternal depression, and new initiatives in online education and data collection.”
Special Needs of the Homeless
All homeless have the following special needs:
- Robust nutritional support
- Simple, effective, and low-cost detox therapies
- Brain-supportive nutrients
- Supportive group self-help
- City-provided facilities for room and board, as well as self-healing conversations in a group setting.
- Flexible plans by which those willing and able to extend helping hands to others willing and able to accept that help.
I present the details of the above natural therapies in Dr. Ali’s Brain Health Course (free access at http://www.alihealing.org).
A Sad Prediction Concerning the de Blasio Plan
Here are the two crucial questions:
- Who will train 250,000 New Yorkers in mental health management programs?
- What will those 250,000 practitioners of mental health actually do?
Here is my sad prediction about this vision of 250,000 mental health practitioners in New Yorkers. They will be trained to practice the same psychobable which has failed completely in the past. These 250,000 New Yorkers will be taught nothing about the special needs of homeless with mental health issues listed above.
A Thought Experiment
Let us consider a thought experiment. One toddler is taken to a synagogue every week, the other to a church, and the third to a mosque. Twenty years later, those toddlers, now young men or women, are required to play musical chairs with their places of worship. It is not difficult to guess the outcome, not withstanding the knowledge and skill of their new teachers.
Compassion With Darwinian Naturalism, Or Empty Mental Health Psychobable
What is the point of the above experiment? Human are defined by their conversations. Healing words heal. Angry words deepen anger.
The body of a person living in the head suffers cramped quarters – nutrient-deficient, liver toxic, neurons irritated, arteries tightened, heart racing, skin cold, and bowel cramping. These are the roots of the “mental health problems” of the homeless. Psychobable (talk therapy) only deepens the insults.
Healing is an essential part of the injury-healing-injury-healing equation of life. When in resonance with elements, one breathes one’s own healing air. These are simple words. The homeless need them as much as they need psychotropic medications and pain control therapies. I address this crucial matter in my free series of seven 35-45 minute video seminars entitled “Deep Healing” posted at www.alihealing.org. as well a series of articles entitled “The Pre-East Way.”
What is needed is compassionate Darwinian naturalism to address the above problems, not the empty Freudian-Jungian psychobabble.
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