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Social housing conditions making tenants mental health worse

Friday 4th May 2018
Many tenants with poor mental health are finding that inadequate social housing conditions are adversely affecting their wellbeing, research shows.
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    Poor social housing conditions in the UK are having an adverse effect on the mental health of tenants who already struggle with illnesses such as depression, new research reveals.

    Mental health charity Mind has published survey results showing that more than three-quarters (79 per cent) of people with mental health conditions have seen their wellbeing worsen as a result of their housing.

    Problems such as damp, mould, overcrowding and unstable tenancies were reported by 69 per cent of those questioned.

    What's more, one in four respondents said they were at risk of potentially losing their home as a result of falling behind with their rent payments, exacerbating their mental health problems further.

    It is therefore clear that more needs to be done by the government and other social housing providers to make sure tenants are housed in buildings of a suitable condition that will not cause their mental health to deteriorate.

    Mind is in fact launching a new campaign to help get more support for social housing tenants with poor mental health, calling on the government, as well as local authorities throughout the UK, to provide better-quality homes for these individuals.

    In addition, the charity wants changes made to the country's social housing system so that it does not discriminate against people with mental health conditions.

    Sophie Corlett, director of external relations at Mind, commented: "Housing is more than just a roof over your head.

    "We all have the right to live somewhere that helps us focus on our families and our health or other parts of our lives.

    "While housing is high up the agenda at the moment, people forget that those with mental health problems are particularly at risk of being in poor housing situations."

    She added that the charity wants to see mental health embedded in all future government housing policies.

    Written by Angela Newbury

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