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I was touched by Gina's story. And very sympathetic to her daughter's situation. Mental health care based on drugs and talk therapy, no wonder Gina's daughter has not found a solution there. I couldn't either.
I imagine the parents have heard hundreds of suggestions but may I offer one more? I found a nation-wide program online when I myself was searching for help with depression and alcohol / addiction. Using the Radiant Recovery program I healed my issues. It wasn't as severe as homelessness but definitely on the same continuum.
What struck me while I was there was that the program can be done even while homeless. I personally have met people who have gotten out of the homeless-and-mentally-ill situation by doing that program so I know it can be done.
What's cool is that it requires no drugs that make you feel "off;" you progress in manageable steps; and that you feel and think better before you drop the destructive coping things. All in the context of community support and therapist oversight.
If Gina's daughter wants to not be homeless and depressed any more this is the program I would recommend if she were my daughter. She could start today from a public library.
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