HomelessLink published this film together with their 2014 annual Young & Homeless research, looking at the changing state of issues facing and provision offered to young people who become homeless in England. The film combines the words of the young people they interviewed with some of the facts and statistics uncovered in the report such as: -
Raw and uncut footage of the mental health struggles of a 24 year old female. On the 8th Sept 2014 she was placed into emergency accommodation. These were her thoughts that night.
Her videos deal with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, borderline personality disorder, self-harm and panic disorder.
Pam Abbott is the manager of Framework’s Hughendon Lodge, an accommodation complex in Nottingham for people with severe mental health difficulties – people who may well be homeless without our support. She is also the Chair of Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Health Awareness Weeks – an annual programme of events to increase understanding and challenge stigma. In this video she speaks with candour and passion about the challenges and rewards of her work, society’s attitudes to mental health, and the need for greater compassion and understanding of the people she helps.
The overlap between homelessness, mental health problems, drug and alcohol dependency, street activities like begging, sex work or shoplifting, and experience of institutions such as prisons, has been an unknown quantity. What can research tell us about this overlap? How can services respond to complex lives where homelessness is one issue amongst many?
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’.
Using information supplied by over 2,500 people, ‘The unhealthy state of homelessness’ highlights the extent to which people who are homeless experience some of the worst health problems in society. The report uncovers the barriers many individuals face when it comes to getting treatment, as well as the impact of ill health on NHS A&E, hospital, mental health and substance misuse services.
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.