Seven in ten homeless people are suffering from health problems

  • A report has found that over 70% of homeless people have suffered from one or more physical health condition.

    A study by Homeless Link has found that more medical problems appear in the homeless population than the general public, with 35% not eating at least two meals a day and two thirds consuming more than the recommended amount of alcohol each time they drink, reports Inside Housing. Homeless

    The report titled The Unhealthy State of Homelessness, looked at data from 2,500 individuals and found that 41% of homeless participants reported having a long-term physical health problem, compared to 28% amongst the general population.

    45% had been diagnosed with a mental health condition, compared to 25% of the rest of the population. 36% of homeless people were reported to take drugs in the last month whereas the general population we just 5%.

    Reported incidences of stomach conditions is five times higher in the homeless population and diagnosis of depression is more than 10 times higher.

    Rick Henderson, Homeless Link's chief executive, said: "The link between not having a home and experiencing illness is clear, and homelessness must be recognised as a public health issue across the health system. This means working in partnership with charities to better identify an individual's housing situation and taking action early to prevent health problems getting worse. We know that when this happens, significant improvements can be made to people's well-being, as well as reducing the impact on the public purse. We are calling for the political and financial backing to ensure this continues."

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