We've just published a report: ‘Brick by brick: A review of mental health and housing’. The report explains the different ways that housing issues can impact a person’s mental health, and gives an overview of the research that's been carried out so far.
What does the report show?
Brick by brick paints a stark picture of the severity of the housing issues facing people with mental health problems: from cold, damp, poor quality homes, unscrupulous landlords, and housing professionals holding outdated stigmatising beliefs about people with mental health problems, to the challenges posed by housing association processes, the prevalence of unfair evictions, and the rising costs of housing across the board.
- One in four tenants with mental health problems has serious rent arrears and is at risk of losing their home
- People with a mental health condition are four times more likely to report that poor housing has made their health worse
Brick by brick also tells the stories of people like 'Dan' who felt he had to hide his mental health problems to secure somewhere to live, 'Crystal' who was assessed for priority housing by someone with no understanding of mental health, and 'Amy' who's constantly afraid that benefits changes will mean she loses her home.