Rough sleeping is damaging and ruins lives. Our research shows that at least four in 10 people who sleep rough have a mental health problem. 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.
Since February 2016, St Mungo's has been calling for a new national rough sleeping strategy, and changes to the law to ensure that fewer people end up stuck sleeping rough.
We call on all MPs to make a firm commitment to end rough sleeping.
The new national rough sleeping strategy needs to provide:
- Mental health assessment and professional support to people on the street
- Specialist supported housing to aid recovery
- The right support upon discharge so that people don't end up sleeping rough after leaving mental health hospitals
You can help us keep homeless and rough sleeping issues on the political agenda - email your MP to make sure they take action and Stop the Scandal.
Stop the Scandal – reports and resources
We also make the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping in our November 2016 report.
Nowhere safe to stay reports on clients’ experiences with current homelessness legislation.