The relationship between homelessness and mental and physical ill health are complex. Both can be contributory factors of homelessness and also outcomes from being without a home.
Research has shown the following:
- Homeless men and women are almost twice as likely to have a diagnosed mental health issue than the general population (45% in homeless people, 25% in general population). (HL)
- Over three quarters of homeless men and women have a self-reported mental health issue (80%). (HL)
- Nearly a third of homeless men and women die from treatable conditions. (TBIJ)
- An estimated 597 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales in 2017. (ONS)
- Average age at death of homeless people was 44 years for men, 42 years for women. Compared with the general population of England and Wales which was 76 years for men and 81 years for women. (2017 – ONS)
- Over half of all deaths of homeless people in 2017 were due to drug poisoning, liver disease or suicide. (ONS)
If you would like to explore more research visit:
- Homeless Link (HL)
- The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ)
- The Office for National Statistics (ONS)
45% mental health issue
Nearly double general population (Homeless Link)
All accommodation staff are trained in the following approaches:
Holistic focus that fundamentally believes every person has potential, and their own unique strength’s and resources will help them to realise this potential. The emphasis is on the individual creating an opportunity for positive change. Support is based on empowering not fixing.
Psychologically Informed Environments
A service that is developed and delivered with the thoughts and feelings of those accessing the service paramount. How people think, feel and behave and how we interact with the environment is helped to construct and deliver the service with continual reflection.
Trauma Informed Care
Recognises the link between trauma and homelessness. The majority of homeless men and women have experienced trauma throughout their life, or during homelessness and indeed homelessness itself is a trauma. Trauma refers to both isolated or multiple experiences which are ‘out of the ordinary’ and are very significant to overcome. Services are informed of the individual’s needs to address the effects of trauma as well as preventing further trauma where possible. It focuses on the importance of an individual’s support network and personal resilience.