Ending homelessness, rebuilding lives

Mental health

At St Mungo’s, we take a holistic approach to mental and physical health, addressing these issues alongside each other.

We focus on enabling our clients to access existing mental health services as well as promoting a model of psychotherapy that is effective for people experiencing homelessness. This may be in partnership with the NHS or through our own psychotherapy provision. We also operate peer support groups which encourage clients to use their skills to help others with their resilience, confidence and mental health.

Psychotherapy

We have long recognised that one of the most significant barriers our clients face in moving on with their lives is past and sometimes recurring trauma. St Mungo’s believes that excellent outcomes can be achieved in improving people’s wellbeing and motivating them towards recover, and that a small amount of clinical input through psychotherapy can make a significant difference in health and social care outcomes.


We offer a number of psychotherapy practices in our services, providing flexible and humanistic talking therapy which is trauma-informed to support individuals’ recovery.

Bereavement support

Research by Caris shows that bereavement is cited as one of the top ten reasons why someone might become homeless. Complicated grief is something people experiencing homelessness may be more likely to encounter. This can be due to the nature of deaths they have experienced, which are often violent/traumatic, and the number of losses. This may be compounded by other losses they have suffered, including their home, their community, children being taken into care etc. Therefore, bereavement can be extremely triggering and difficult for them to process, with professional help often needed to do this. Neglected bereavement that is left unaddressed can act as a further barrier to engagement and cause isolation, suicidal ideation and other mental health problems. 

Our Bereavement Care Coordinator provides face-to-face and over the phone bereavement support, working through recent or historic losses over a number of sessions. These can last up to a year.

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