Mental health problems 'common' among homeless youths
- 12 Sep
The rate of mental health problems among young homeless people is worryingly high, experts have found.
Researchers at the University of Cardiff interviewed 121 homeless people, aged 16 to 24 years, who were being housed in temporary accommodation.
Participants were also given psychiatric assessments which revealed that 93 per cent had a lifetime psychiatric disorder such as depression (43 per cent), post-traumatic stress disorder (35.5 per cent) or psychosis (21.5 per cent).
Among housed young people, the corresponding rates are just 2.2 per cent for depression, 4.7 per cent for post-traumatic stress disorder and 0.2 per cent for psychosis.
More worrying still was the finding that 80 per cent of the study group met the criteria for two or more mental health conditions.
The findings were presented yesterday (September 6th) at a British Psychological Society conference by Kate Hodgson, who said: 'Young people with recent experiences of homelessness appear to be particularly vulnerable to psychiatric disorder.
'Identifying these differences among young people with experiences of homelessness should help a more targeted delivery of support services and shorten periods of stay in temporary accommodation.'
As many as 80,000 young people experience homelessness each year in the UK, according to figures from homelessness charity Centrepoint.
- 11 Sep
People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide
The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...
- 10 Sep
Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training
The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...
- 09 Sep
People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services
Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...
- 08 Sep
The first mental health centre for men
The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...
- 07 Sep
NHS trust told no mental health beds available
Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...
- 07 Sep
Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected
Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...
- 04 Sep
New mental health centre to open in Ardwick
Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...
- 03 Sep
Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present
Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...
- 02 Sep
Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells
Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...
- 02 Sep
Mental health social work scheme accepting applications
100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Another informative session provided by Support Solutions, excellent session" P.R. - Wrekin Housing Trust