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Letter: What has housing got to do with mental health?

Date published: 15 May 2018


Dear Editor,

Where you live can have a huge impact on your mental health – everyone needs safe, stable and suitable housing to stay well.

There are issues across the private and social housing sectors which mean not enough people are living in the kind of housing they need. In fact, MIND found that four in five people with mental health problems have lived in housing that has made their mental health worse.

People with mental health problems are being failed when it comes to housing, which is why on 3 May 2018 national MIND launched its Housing and Mental Health campaign.

Recent MIND research has found that 40% of people with mental health problems have experienced stigma or discrimination in the place they live at the moment, and that two thirds of people with mental health problems have had at least one issue with the quality of their home.

Readers of Rochdale Online who want to find out more about MINDS latest What's housing got to do with mental health.

Campaign and information on how your mental health and your housing situation might affect each other as well as tips on how to cope and where you can get more support can  sign up at:

https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/housing/

Thank you.

Yours,

Andrew Wastling

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