Ask me Anything! Veteran Homelessness with Jan Richardson, City of London, and Cheryl Forchuk, Western University
The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 reports that there are 2,950 veterans staying in shelters, making up 2.2% of annual shelter users. There is very little research on the homeless veteran population in Canada. The very first research study from the University of Western on this population revealed that major issues that lead to participants’ experiences of homelessness were alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health problems. Transition from military to civilian life was also a large factor.
Do you want to learn more about veteran homelessness in Canada? Have questions about best practices for programs, services and housing options for veterans? Join experts Jan Richardson, City of London’s Manager of Homeless Prevention, and Cheryl Forchuk, Professor and Associate Director at Western University, for our Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Friday, Jan 13th, 2017 at 1PM (ET).
We encourage you to post your questions below in advance of the AMA. Alternatively, you can join the discussion, live at 1PM (ET) on Friday, January 13th, 2017.
More about us:
Jan Richardson, is the City of London’s Manager of Homeless Prevention. Her priority and commitment is to solve homelessness in London, and beyond and serves on a number of local, provincial and national advisory groups and committees. Jan is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Western University.
Jan has an MBA, previously worked as the Executive Director for several not-for-profit corporations, as a registered nurse and management consultant and has volunteered with a number of community organizations and board of directors, including the London Police Services Board. Jan is the author of a number of publications, and co-author of research and evaluation initiatives.
Cheryl Forchuk is a Professor at the School of Nursing, Western University and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Forchuk has published on many topics in relation to mental health and mental illness, including: therapeutic relationships, transitional discharge, housing/homelessness, peer support, poverty and nursing theory. She has published a book through Sage on Peplau’s interpersonal theory of nursing, and a book through Canadian Scholar’s Press on housing and homeless issues for psychiatric survivors. Her current research includes exploring issues related to poverty and social inclusion for psychiatric survivors, housing/homeless issues, the implementation of the Transitional Discharge Model for the transition from hospital to community, and the use of new technologies to improve mental health, including addiction, services.
Jan Richardson and Cheryl Forchuk recently contributed a vignette to the Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness book published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness on Addressing Homelessness Among Canadian Veterans. Download the ebook for free at: http://homelesshub.ca/systemsresponses
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