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Housing Stress Force One In Ten To Visit Their GP

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 6:00am

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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