Social housing is meant to be safe, secure and low cost, making it a good option for those of us with mental health problems who need it. However those of us with mental health problems are more likely to say that it has made our mental health worse.
We know the needs of people with mental health problems are not always being considered when it comes to social housing. Many report being put off from applying in the first place or being unable to navigate the application process. Too many of us face stigma from people who are meant to help us or end up being placed in the kind of home that negatively effects our mental health.
The Government has committed to prioritising mental health and housing is an integral part of this. But when it comes to social housing, they don't have an accurate picture of what the system is like for those of us with mental health problems or how it affects our health.
That's why we're calling on the government to take practical steps to better understand the housing needs of people with mental health problems and deliver a social housing system that is fit for purpose.
Social housing should be the lifeline for those of us with mental health problems that need it. But we know for many of you this is not the case.
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On 14 August 2018, the Government published its long-awaited green paper on social housing, which sets out what the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government intends to do to improve social housing for its tenants. Here's our guide to the green paper's proposals.
You can also read our response to the green paper.
Jenni has lived in social housing for 23-years. Over the last two and a half years, her mental health has got dramatically worse because of poor housing conditions and lack of support from the council.
Where you live can have a huge impact on your mental health – everyone needs safe, stable and suitable housing to stay well. But for too many of us this is not the case.
Check out our information page for useful resources including tips on how to cope with your housing situation, your rights and where you can get more support.