Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Mayor of London launches scheme to help rough sleepers with mental health needs

Posted 10.10.19
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The Mayor of London has announced a new £2.35 million scheme to support people with mental health needs sleeping rough in the Capital.

Last year, half of all people sleeping rough in London were recorded as having mental health needs, but many do not have access to the specialist support and treatment they need.

This new two-year project will test how new collaborative ways of working can provide targeted support and help people leave the streets for good.

Dedicated teams of mental health practitioners will join outreach workers on the streets. The teams could also include specialist input from a psychologist, psychiatrist or a peer support worker.

People sleeping rough will be provided with flexible, accessible mental health support - which better understands their needs and ensures they receive the appropriate assessment and treatment.

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