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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.

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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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Social housing green paper: a guide

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:

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You can also read our response to the green paper here. 

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Fight to be heard: Jenni's story

Jenni has lived in social housing for 23-years, after being made homeless when she was 19. Over the last two and a half years, her depression has significantly worsened as a direct result of poor housing conditions and lack of appropriate support from the council:

"My depression has been the worst it has ever been over the last two and a half years – because of not being able to get anywhere with the council and living in no less than squalor...The living room is so bad that I can’t have family or friends come and visit me so it gets lonely and isolating. I have two young grandchildren who I want to see and want to visit but they shouldn’t have to go into the kitchen – they should be able to sit down and play...

All of this has caused me so much stress and I feel completely ignored by those who are supposed be helping me. On top of this is the constant threat that I could be kicked out at any time, so this stops you saying what you really want to say." 

Read more about Jenni's experience and why she's supporting the campaign in her blog for us. 

Read Jenni's blog

Any questions?

If you need any adivce or support on your current housing situation, head to our information page for useful resources including tips on how to cope and where you can get more support. You can also check out our guide to your housing rights.

Find out more about the wider campaign and why we're focusing on housing here or get in touch with team at [email protected].

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