“Sleeping on the streets carries with it significant risk to a person’s safety and the likelihood of experiencing some form of traumatic event, such as assault, is high,” says St Bart’s CEO John Berger.
“The longer a person experiences homelessness the more risk of re-occurring trauma. This often results in poor mental health and/or self-medication through drugs or alcohol, further compounding the issue. If a person does not have to worry about where they are going to sleep that night then they have the opportunity to focus on other issues that have been preventing them from succeeding in life.”
The right to a home is important for mental health and today is World Mental Health Day.
“With homelessness continuing to increase, the new collaborative approach of the 50 Lives 50 Homes project — of which St Bart’s is a partner — draws on all the strengths and resources of the sector to prioritise housing and assist those people who need it most,” says.
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