Rough sleeping is damaging and ruins lives. Our research shows that four in 10 people who sleep rough have a mental health problem. What's more, mental health problems can make it harder to break the cycle of rough sleeping - people with a mental health problem who end up sleeping rough are 50% more likely to spend over a year on the streets. Only 26% of outreach workers say people sleeping rough are able to access the services they need.
It's not right that anyone has to sleep rough, and it is nothing short of a scandal that people with mental health problems are being let down when they need help the most.
Our Stop the Scandal campaign is calling for the Prime Minister to lead on a new national rough sleeping strategy that delivers:
1. Mental health assessment and professional support to people on the street
2. Specialist supported housing to aid recovery
3. The right support upon discharge so that people don't end up sleeping rough after leaving mental health hospitals
4. Changes to the law so that fewer people end up sleeping rough
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