Stop the Scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping

The second part of our Stop the Scandal investigation into rough sleeping and mental health considers how national and local government, and the NHS, can build effective services to put an end to the mental health crisis on our streets.

Looking at the experiences of people with a history of sleeping rough, and information from services and commissioners, the report presents new evidence about the availability of mental health services across England.

During August and September 2016, we conducted 21 in-depth interviews with St Mungo’s clients with a history of rough sleeping living in five London boroughs and in Bristol.

We also made 248 Freedom of Information requests to local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in areas with high levels of rough sleeping. Our requests asked about the mental health services targeted at people sleeping rough that were commissioned locally in each area.