Homelessness and mental health
Mental health issues are very common, affecting about 1 in every 4 people in Britain in any given year. Mental health problems can range from very common disorders such as depression and anxiety, to severe problems such as psychosis.
Generally, if you are concerned about your mental health you should see your GP for advice and treatment.
The Housing Options Service will ensure early identification of housing problems takes place to hopefully prevent you from becoming homeless. This will be achieved through partnership work and multi-agency working to prevent you from becoming homeless, through the necessary support intervention you may require.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the mental health crisis line on 020 7771 5807. This is available 24 hours a day and callers will be given support and advice from mental health professionals.
For further information please visit the East London NHS Foundation website.
Will the council provide me with accommodation?
We can provide you with advice and support to help you find alternative accommodation. However, we will not have a duty to provide you with emergency accommodation or temporarily house you unless you are considered to be eligible, homeless and have a priority need.
If you are suffering from a mental illness or impairment we may find you to be vulnerable and therefore have a ‘priority need’ for accommodation. This will be determined by your individual circumstances.
For further information about the homeless criteria, please visit Shelter or contact Shelter on 0808 800 4444. Your housing officer can also discuss this with you when you make an application for housing assistance
We will continuously review the advice and advocacy services available to you, and develop outreach support services according to your needs through the Personal Housing Plan that will be completed in partnership with you and potentially your advocate.
We will attempt to provide you with access to main stream healthcare services. Front-line workers within the Housing Options service with structured mental health training, support and supervision, with access to advice and guidance from specialist services, will provide more in-depth support to you.
Tower Hamlets allocation scheme
Tower Hamlets’ housing allocation scheme works effectively for homeless people with mental health problems and complex needs to ensure appropriate accommodation is always provided to applicants. If you need housing advice assistance and support with your housing needs, please contact Tower Hamlets Housing Options Service.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers a wide range of specialist treatment packages to children, young people and their families. Contact: 020 7515 6633 (Poplar) or 020 7426 2375 (Whitechapel) or online.
Tower Hamlets Early Detection Service (THEDS) is a small team comprised of mental health nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists who aim is to support young people aged 16-25 who have experienced symptoms of mental illness to help getting their lives back on track. Contact: 020 3487 1320 or online.
Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies provides a range of psychological therapies and counselling services. The service is provided by East London NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham. Contact: 020 8475 8080
Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is a community mental health charity that provides advice and support to anyone with a mental health or emotional issue. They also provide free counselling for Tower Hamlets residents.
Contact: 020 7510 4247/4248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspire Mental Health Consortium delivers new mental health, recovery and wellbeing services, to improve the outcomes and life chances for people living with mental health problems in Tower Hamlets.
Contact: 0330 053 8122 or email email@example.com.