People across the North East are suffering from mental health issues due to housing pressures.
That is according to research by housing charity Shelter.
They have found that over 1 in 4 adults in the North of England have experienced issues like long-term stress, anxiety and depression – with suicidal thoughts being one of the worst.
The charity is urging anyone overwhelmed by housing problems to get advice from Shelter, after 1 in 14 (7%) people in the region said they had visited their GP due to housing problems.
Tracy Guy is the manager for Shelter North East:
She tells us who goes to them:
And what issues people have had in the past:
She tells us what they will do:
An in-depth investigation by the charity with 20 GPs, including professionals from Newcastle, revealed:
- GPs say some of their patients diagnosed with anxiety and depression is directly due to housing problems.
- Bad housing is tipping people with existing mental health issues ‘over the edge.’
- Poor housing conditions are having the biggest effect on mental health but unaffordable and unstable rented housing are also having a negative impact.
- GPs feel they need more help in supporting patients experiencing these problems
Showing how linked housing and mental health are, nationally the research shows that a vast majority (69%) of people who have experienced housing problems in the last five years such as poor conditions, struggling to pay the rent or being threatened with eviction, have reported a negative impact on their mental health.