Mental health and wellbeing toolkit

Resources and guidance to help you support people with their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health is an enduring support need for many people who experience homelessness. The relationship between homelessness and mental health can be complex, where one can be both the cause and result of the other.

These resources were developed in 2011-2012 as part of our Homelessness, Mental Health & Wellbeing Project.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Guide

A guide to providing successful support to people with mental health and wellbeing needs. Covers mental health policy and commissioning, understanding the relationship between homelessness, mental health and wellbeing, tools to develop the right support pathways, developing internal responses, and working with external partners.

Looking After Number 1

Looking after our wellbeing isn’t always easy, especially while homeless or living in temporary accommodation. These resources, developed with Dr Philip Timms from SLaM South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation, are designed to encourage people to improve and look after their own wellbeing and mental health by developing knowledge and accessing services. There are postcards and a poster to print and distribute around your service, and there’s a workshop guide to help you work one to one or in a group with staff or peer facilitators.

Top tips for working with statutory mental health agencies

Mental health services can be difficult to navigate and often present complex barriers for people who need support and the workers trying to help them to get it. This brief guide looks at the pathways into mental health services, the Mental Health Act, the importance of making appropriate referrals, improving your relationships with statutory services, and what to do when statutory support either isn’t working or isn’t available.

Mental health service interventions for people who sleep rough

Tools and guidance on assessing the risks associated with rough sleeping, use of the Mental Capacity Act, use of the Mental Health Act, developing a hospital admission plan, and raising safeguarding adults alerts - developed by Lambeth Council in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Thames Reach and the Greater London Authority. The three forms in Word can be downloaded and completed electronically by frontline workers.


Mental Health and Homelessness: guidance for professionals

X-ray of a brain

Guidance for housing and homelessness teams on referrals to, and support from, statutory mental health services; and guidance for mental health professionals on homelessness services and support.