Supported accommodation in mental health

by Dr Rob Macpherson and Dr Amjad Uppal

 

Last updated: February 2018

 

For most of us our home is the most valuable, important thing we possess (or rent). It provides stability, security, and links with a community, and it is often intimately involved in our hobbies, interests and status our sense of who we are.

 

People with significant mental health problems are more likely to be marginalised in society, and to be at risk of homelessness or living in poor quality housing which does not meet their basic needs. Yet these people are also more likely to have problems of low self-esteem and confidence and sometimes paranoid fears relating to basic security, which are likely to affect their ability to cope with housing related issues.

 

In our experience, the ability to provide the right sort of housing and support is one of the most important aspects of mental health services. When this works, benefits such as enhanced stability and mental health, greater social functioning and greater access to work opportunities all follow.

 

This CPD Online module aims to improve understanding of the value and importance of supported accommodation for people with mental health problems.

 

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