Walking together in the name of social justice


Video: A missed opportunity to prevent youth homelessness

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:55 -- admin

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: -

Video: Homelessness Day 1 | My Mental Health Journey

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:39 -- admin

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.

Video: On mental health, homelessness, and the need for greater understanding

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:29 -- admin

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.

Report: Tackling homelessness and exclusion: Understanding complex lives

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 18:56 -- admin

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?

Read the full article

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’.

Report: The Unhealthy State of Homelessness

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:58 -- admin

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.

Read the full article here

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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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