Having poor mental health can both lead to and result from homelessness.
45% of individuals experiencing homelessness have been diagnosed with a mental health issue. For those who sleep rough, this figure sadly rises to 80%.
When someone experiences mental illness, it can trigger a series of events that eventually lead them into homelessness.
Living without a stable home and facing housing insecurity is incredibly stressful. It can make existing mental health problems worse or even cause new ones.
By recognizing this complex relationship and taking action, we can make a difference. Addressing mental health concerns and providing comprehensive support is crucial in breaking the cycle of homelessness and offering a brighter future for everyone involved.
Our Emmaus community in Coventry is a welcoming, safe spaces for those who have previously faced homelessness (those we support are known as companions). Moving to an Emmaus community offers people a supportive environment where they can feel a sense of belonging. Being amongst others, especially people who have been through similar experiences, can combat feelings of isolation and help companions rebuild their self-esteem.
We frequently support our companions to access counselling services. Recognizing the importance of mental wellbeing, our charity ensures that all companions have the opportunity to receive the support they need to address any emotional challenges they may be facing. By connecting them with professional counselling services, companions can receive guidance, understanding, and the tools necessary to navigate the impact of their experiences and regain stability in their lives.
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 15 – 21 May 2023. It is an opportunity to open up about mental health, tackle stigma, and find out how we can build a society that protects everyone’s mental wellbeing. The charity, Mental Health Foundation, is encouraging everyone to share stories of kindness on social media during the week using the tags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. For more information visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk