General Article Homelessness and mental health

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Good quality, affordable, safe housing is essential to our well-being. Mental health and housing are closely interlinked. Mental ill health can lead to homelessness. Homelessness, poor quality housing and housing insecurity can lead to mental health issues. Mental ill health can also make it difficult for people to maintain good quality housing.1


Homelessness and mental health

Mental ill health is common among people who experience homelessness and rough sleepers; estimates range from one third up to 76%. An estimated 43% of clients in an average homelessness project in England are likely to have mental health needs, and 59% may have multiple needs.1

The highest rates of mental health conditions are found among rough sleepers and young people who are homeless. They are also least likely to be accessing mainstream health and mental health services and to experience significant barriers in doing so.1

Over two thirds of rough sleepers (69%) have both mental health and substance ...

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