8th October 2018

Rough sleeping and mental health

No one should have to face a mental health problem alone but sadly for rough sleepers this is often the case.

Living on the streets can only exacerbate any mental health issue resulting in increased negative impacts on someone’s daily life. As an outreach worker I have come across people with serious mental health issues including bi-polar, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia to name but a few. These individuals will on average remain on the streets for longer than others and as a result will be far more likely to die on the streets.

There is still insufficient recognition and prioritising of the mental health of rough sleepers and subsequently there is a significant lack of specific resources and specialist metal health supported accommodation. It is not enough to provide basic accommodation without the specialist ongoing support to ensure that people can recover their mental wellbeing.

If society fails to recognise these mental health needs, then people will simply continue to face their issues alone and to die on the streets.



Other Blog Posts

10th October 2018

Case Study - Getting back on track

Dave (not his real name) has been supported intensively by our Outreach Worker for approximately seven months. When we first started working with Dave, he was sleeping rough, was not claiming benefits and had an all-consuming drug problem.

7th October 2018


It’s been over a week since Sleep with Simon 2018. If you took part, we hope you have recovered from the lack of sleep and chilly night. Thank you for joining us, for raising funds and above all, for your dedicated support to try and help rough sleepers who sleep out in the open every night.