We know that mental health problems in homeless adults are a lot higher than those with secure housing. Very high rates of psychosis and substance misuse are a common feature of homeless populations. The difficulties of addressing combined substance misuse and mental illness (dual diagnosis), presents unique challenges. As many as half of the homeless population suffer from some form of mental illness - it is something we cannot and should not ignore.
This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is relationships.
Relationships matter and they have a big impact on our health. Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. Supporting vulnerable people to develop and recognise good relationships can have a massive impact on their circumstances and life chances.
Throughout the week we will be sending out facts about #homeless #mentalhealth via our Twitter page @H3homelessness and promoting the work we currently do through out H4 Hospital programme.