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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2006): Homelessness - UK

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C. Vasiliou and I. Ryrie

Mental Health Today, Oct. 2006, p.23-26

Interviews with 59 homeless young people in London revealed a significant burden of mental ill health in the sample. Two-thirds of the sample reported problems with their mental health. Some of these problems arose from the experience of homelessness, while others preceded or precipitated it. Interviews with professionals showed that services struggled to meet the mental health needs of their clients. The report calls for the creation of more multi-disciplinary community mental health teams targeted on single homeless people, and the equipping of generic staff with mental healthcare skills.

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