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.

#Mentalhealthawarenessday

#Worldhomelessday

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15th February 2019

Supporting rough sleepers with no recourse to public funds

Our team in Leeds have been working with several individuals who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). So what does this mean? NRPF can be imposed on individuals from the European Economic Area. They may be prevented from claiming welfare benefits, homelessness assistance, housing allocation and even access to emergency accommodation.

Homeless, Rough Sleeping, Street Homelessness

14th February 2019

Loneliness on the Streets

"It can seem like you have people around you on the streets during the day but at some point you're always left on your own with only your own thoughts. When you're suffering with depression in these time it is so much worse."