Walking together in the name of social justice

Report: Down and Out?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:51 -- admin

The statistics are stark. St Mungo's Happiness Matters peer research this year dug deep into the mental health experiences of homeless men and women, and found that a staggering 76% of interviewees who lived on the streets or in hostels, had some form of mental health problem – either diagnosed by a doctor (65%) or self identified (11%). Those with a diagnosed mental health problem turn to drugs or alcohol ‘because it is easier than coping with my life’. St Mungo's Client Needs Survey this year revealed that of their hostel clients who have slept rough, 69% have a mental health need (whether this mental health issue has been formally diagnosed or not) and 61% have both a mental health need and a substance use problem.

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There is a momentum growing amongst psychologists who are pressing for social inequalities to be addressed. Here is a statement produced by clinical & health psychologists, calling on policy makers to address the impact social inequalities have on mental health...

The Walk

100 miles - BPS Leicester to BPS London
5 days - 17th to 21st August 2015

3 causes - The benefits system / homelessness / Food poverty

Join us to walk from Leicester to London to raise awareness of social policies that are leading to psychological distress.

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