Mental health and housing

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Savage, Jonny
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
2 February 2016
Mental health services, Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This report identifies which types of supported accommodation meet the needs of people with mental health problems. It also recommends effective housing solutions.

Research has shown that those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, are more likely to experience mental distress. Homeless Link reported in 2010 that 7 out of 10 of clients had mental health needs and a third of those currently lack the support they need to address their mental health.

This study focuses on five approaches to providing supported accommodation:

  • Care Support Plus – High Level.
  • Integrated Support.
  • Homelessness.
  • Complex Needs.
  • Low-Level Step Down.
  • Later Life.

Through semi-structured interviews the Mental Health Foundation has drawn on the expertise of people living and working in these services across England, and presents their views of both building and service related issues.

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