More than shelter: Supported accommodation and mental health

Centre for Mental Health, June 2016

This report reviews evidence about supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

People experiencing mental health problems are also more likely than average to experience difficulties with accommodation, e.g. rent or mortgage difficulties, living in deprived neighbourhoods and experiencing isolation. The report finds that there is very limited evidence about what kinds of support are most effective for people with mental health problems, but that most people prefer help in their own homes to being in sheltered or transitional accommodation.

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A basic need: Housing policy and mental health

Centre for Mental Health, June 2016

Recent changes to housing policy have affected housing benefits and the provision of affordable housing.  This briefing explores the impacts of these reforms on those with severe and enduring mental health problems, and on mental health services as a whole.

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Mental health & housing: A project to identify which types of supported accommodation successfully meet the needs of people with mental health problems in order to recommend effective housing solutions

Mental Health Foundation, February 2016

This report makes several recommendations in relation to the quality of supported accommodation, the need for co-production in the design and development, the need to invest in the recruitment and continuous professional development of staff, the development of and support of staff to understand an implement the approaches articulated in polices and finally the need to put resources into ensuring that appropriate accommodation is available and provided to those in need, including people with mental health problems.

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Housing and Health Exchange

Public Health England, July 2015

Supported by Public Health England, this free online resource for practitioners working across housing, adult social care, public health and primary care practitioners lists relevant policy and showcases examples of practice that have either helped to transform people’s lives and/or improve local service delivery.

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