Anyone overwhelmed by housing problems is being urged to get advice from charity Shelter.
Millions of people in Yorkshire have suffered a deterioration in their mental health because of housing problems in their lifetime, and many are seeking help from GPs in the area.
It's according to a new report from Shelter.
It's shown 24% of all adults in our region have experienced issues including long-term stress, anxiety and depression due to a housing problem over their lifetime. In some of the worst cases, people have suicidal thoughts.
The charity is urging anyone overwhelmed by housing problems to get advice from Shelter, after 1 in 10 (10%) people in the region said they had visited their GP due to housing problems.
An in-depth investigation by the charity with 20 GPs, including professionals from Sheffield, 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.