New regulations have passed in several major cities across the United States that restrict where the homeless population can set up tents. Officials say they hope these laws will encourage the homeless to accept offers of shelter so they are able to get off the street. But many of the homeless population are resistant to receiving help, especially those who have a mental illness.
 
Ryan says he was one of those people. He says because of his bipolar diagnosis, it was difficult to feel like part of society.
 

“He wasn’t able to stay in any kind of encampment; he was so sick,” says Ryan’s sister, Maeve, who says she believes the bans would have helped her brother. “He was just kind of wandering, which is what a lot of homeless who have a mental illness do. They’re not sitting anywhere. The brain, as you become more mentally ill, it’s completely unaware of the changes that are occurring.”
 
In the video above, Donald Whitehead, Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, shares how he believes providing housing for the homeless would help those who have a mental illness accept the help.
 
On Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Homeless Encampment Bans: Sweep or Stay?,” Dr. Phil’s guests debate the laws restricting where the homeless can camp. And, hear from people who were formerly homeless. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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What The Homeless Crisis Looks Like In California

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