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Housing Stress Force One In Ten To Visit Their GP

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.

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