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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
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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