A mental health crisis on our streets: St Mungo’s highlights critical lack of services for homeless people
Areas with high numbers of rough sleepers do not have the specialist mental health services to cope with the need, according to a new report out today by St Mungo’s.
Using a Freedom of Information request, homelessness charity St Mungo’s asked health and local authority commissioners in 111 areas with ten or more rough sleepers on any one night to identify services providing mental health assessment, support and treatment for adults sleeping rough.
The new report, Stop the Scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping, shows that over two thirds (68%) of these areas fail to commission specialist mental health services.
This Stop the Scandal report follows a previous investigation which found that increasing numbers of people on the streets are also tackling mental health problems. Four in ten people sleeping rough need mental health support and those with a mental health problem are more likely to live on the streets for longer.