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Homelessness and Mental Health

Tuesday, 19 July, 2022

Mental health issues combined with homelessness can have a major impact on individuals, families and communities.

While for many, homelessness may still seem like something abstract, the truth is, it can happen to anyone. People end up homeless (having no permanent home or address) after running out of all other options, while some may sleep on the street, in disused buildings, or in shelters, others might also be sofa surfing relying on the kindness of friends.

Mental health problems can make it difficult to cope with housing issues, in fact, in many cases, homeless people cite mental health problems as a reason for being homeless.

The stressors of financial instability and housing insecurity can intensify mental health problems, which is why there is a high rate of mental health difficulties amongst homeless people.

“45% of people experiencing homelessness have been diagnosed with a mental health issue.

This rises to 8 out of 10 people who are sleeping rough.”

The combination of mental wellbeing problems and housing issues can often lead to other issues such as substance misuse, which can result in a vicious cycle.


The challenges that those that have found themselves homeless face are endless.

Unfortunately, mental health services are hard to access if you are homeless.

For homeless people, receiving help from a doctor is unfortunately made a lot more difficult due to the fact of having no fixed address to register at a practice.

Therefore, we need to work together to support people out of homelessness for good.


Your support allows us at Homeless Oxfordshire to guide homeless people along a journey towards fulfilling futures.


You help support those who have found themselves homeless in Oxfordshire to receive quality healthcare to improve their wellbeing, whether registered with a doctor or not. At Homeless Oxfordshire, we provide health and wellbeing support via the Luther Street Medical Centre. But we do so much more…


Your donations can provide someone with a safe space and access to high-quality one-to-one support.


We are here to break the cycle of homelessness.

Our vision is to make homelessness a thing of the past.

You can continue to help us in our mission by donating today:

Donate Now.

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