Nineteen percent of Canadians live in rural areas. Compared to people living in urban areas, rural Canadians are profiled as having lower incomes, less education, fewer resources and having poorer health. Rural Canadians suffering from mental illness represent the lowest income levels in rural areas. Although rural mental health sufferers share similar needs to those in urban areas, they do not have equal access to mental health and social services. Lower income levels, and a lack of services, place mental health sufferers (living in rural areas), at risk of becoming homeless.
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Gaining Ground, Losing Ground: The Paradoxes of Rural Homelessness was published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, Volume 42, Issue 2 in 2010.