Shelter report: the Impact of Housing Problems on Mental Health

Shelter, in partnership with ComRes,  published an April 2017 report (pdf) exploring the relationship between housing and mental health.

The report explores common mental health presentations of patients attending GP practices, the types of housing problems mentioned by patients to their GPs, and the possible associations that GPs suggested between housing and mental health.

The report found that:

  • General Practitioners (GPs) spontaneously identified housing issues when discussing factors involved in their patients’ mental health presentations
  •  Where housing was seen as the sole cause of mental health conditions, the most commonly cited conditions were anxiety and depression
  •  Where patients presented with a mental health condition that was linked to problems with housing, the GPs self-identified a knowledge and support gap.

Download the full report and the summary.