Mental Health Services and Homelessness

Building effective working relationships between homelessness and mental health professionals

This suite of guidance, written by mental health professionals from EASL, aims to improve the understanding of mental health and homelessness for practitioners from both sectors.

Guidance for homelessness staff: When you support someone in distress, or with a mental health problem, what can you do? This guidance aims to increase the confidence and knowledge of teams who have concerns about the mental health of people they support. It describes the work of different statutory services and explains how to make referrals, outlining the factors involved in decision-making and support, as well as how to build better partnerships between homelessness and mental health teams.

Guidance for mental health profssionals: What services are available to people experiencing homelessness? How can mental health support improve outcomes in homelessness? With a practical overview of Local Authority and voluntary sector responses, and discussion of issues such as trauma and rough sleeping, this document will help mental health professionals to tailor their work with people who are homeless.

Mental Health and Homelessness: guidance for professionals

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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. 

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Jo Prestidge

Head of National Practice Development

Jo is Head of National Practice Development at Homeless Link.

Telephone: 07507 506 380
Email: joanne.prestidge@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @joanneprestidge