Housing And Support – Foundations For Mental Health

A worker filling in a clip board sits in an office with a mental health client
mental health 2 photo by Mecklenburg County is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Right. First thing, we need to find you some place to live.

The UK government is at work revamping its mental health strategy. Organizations are offering up studies and advice. There are calls to strengthen the connection between mental health care and housing.

It seems that when people are ready to be discharged from in-patient psychiatric care, they can end up waiting weeks and even months for a housing opportunity to come up. There are also examples where housing workers are part of the the in-patient care team. In these examples, the patients don’t wait so long when they are fit to leave. Read more at the NHS Confederation: Healthy Foundations – Integrating Housing As Part Of The Mental Health Pathway

The people in charge of the revamping the mental health strategy might also check in with Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews, a general practitioner in Brighton, England. Her practice is located on a street between four homeless hostels. She sees many people with mental health issues where the health system isn’t working very well.

In her years as a practitioner, she’s come to appreciate the value of social prescribing (such as activities like painting and photography and necessities like food and decent, affordable housing) and alternative modes of treatment (physiotherapy and acupuncture are examples). She can speak from the experience of using these treatments with her patients. And she’s also familiar with research on the issue. You can read more about Dr. Marshall-Andrews in The Guardian: Better Ways To Get Better: The Radical GP Changing Lives