Pioneering System

Photo of a single red tulip growing in a field of yellow tulips

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Once admitted into homeless shelters one tends to be placed collectively with others and simply defined as homeless. If further scrutinized, it will be found not to hold water for not all have money, health care services and social services made available to them. Thus mental health goes beyond clothes and personal hygiene.  

The French General Maurice De Saxe (1696-1750), in origins of military thought, shows his pioneering system for clothing soldiers in clean uniforms with shoes resulted in instant good mental health. He went further to ensure that the military organization is not run as a private club. Customs and traditions gave way to set principles and rules.  

Homeless shelters can contribute to mental health by considering each case on an individual basis and not treating the residents as a collective entity. Tentatively, for good mental health, one learns to be satisfied with less, as long as it is of good quality and fulfilling.  

David volunteers and is writing his own novel, contact: [email protected] 

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