Housing and mental health

Explains how your mental health and your housing situation might affect each other. Provides tips on how to cope and where you can get more support.

Your stories

Homeless with PTSD - how drumming helped me through

Matt blogs about overcoming his past to break the drumming world record for Mind.

Matt
Posted on 10/08/2017

Support not sanctions

Kerry blogs about being too unwell to work and needing support from the welfare system but being let down.

Kerry
Posted on 17/05/2017

Support when you leave hospital

We're calling for everyone leaving hospital after a mental health crisis to be followed up within 48 hours.

Ally Cobb, Mind Senior Policy and Campaigns officer
Posted on 12/04/2017

Useful contacts

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (England)
03444 77 20 20 (Wales)
adviceguide.org.uk
Free independent information and advice on housing, money and other related problems.

 

Local Authorities

Local authorities (also known as local councils) provide social services. You can find details of your local authority by searching for a local postcode at gov.uk/find-your-local-council. Your local library or Citizens Advice branch should also be able to help.

 

NHS Choices

nhs.uk
Provides information on a wide range of health and social care topics, including an online search tool to find NHS services near you.

 

Relate

0300 100 1234
relate.org.uk
Provides services such as relationship counselling for individuals, couples and families.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–4pm)
advice@rethink.org
rethink.org
Provides advice and information on issues regarding mental illness, including supported housing.

 

Samaritans

116 123 (24 hours a day)
jo@samaritans.org
Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
Chris PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk. Calls are free from all providers.

 

Shelter

0808 800 4444 (Monday–Friday 8am–8pm and weekends 8am–5pm)
england.shelter.org.uk

Free, confidential advice on housing problems in England.

 

Shelter Cymru

0345 075 5005 (Monday–Friday 9.30am–4pm)
sheltercymru.org.uk
Free, confidential advice on housing problems in Wales.

Homelessness and rough sleeping

Crisis

crisis.org.uk
Provides a wide range of services for homeless people, including the Christmas Open Shelter.

 

Homeless UK

homeless.org.uk
Searchable database of shelters, day centres and advice services for homeless people

 

No Second Night Out

www.nosecondnightout.org.uk
Help and support for people sleeping rough in some parts of England.

The Pavement

thepavement.org.uk
Advice and information for homeless people including a national directory.

 

Streetlink

0300 500 0914
streetlink.org.uk
Connects people who are sleeping rough with local services.

LGBTQ housing advice

 

Stonewall Housing

020 7359 5767 (Monday–Friday 11am–1pm and 2pm–5pm)
stonewallhousing.org
Specialist housing advice for anyone identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (England only).

Money problems

See our pages on money and mental health useful contacts for organisations who can help with money problems, including emergency support and debts.

 

Over-60s

Age UK (England)

0800 678 1174 (8am–7pm, 365 days a year)
ageuk.org.uk
Information and support for older people, including advice on housing

 

Age Cymru (Wales)

08000 223 444 (8am–7pm, 365 days a year)
ageuk.org.uk/cymru
Information and support for older people, including advice on housing.

Supported housing

The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities

01242 620 077
therapeuticcommunities.org
Online directory of therapeutic communities across the UK.

Under-25s

Centrepoint

0808 800 0661 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm)
centrepoint.org.uk
Help for 16 to 25-year-olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (England only).

 

The Mix

0808 808 4994 (helpline)
themix.org.uk
Support and information for 16 to 25-year-olds

 

Rees: The Care Leavers' Foundation

reesfoundation.org
Support and advice for care leavers, including a crisis fund.


This information was published in October 2017 – to be revised in 2019. References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information see our page on permissions and licensing.


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