This briefing, published by the NHS Confederation, explores how mental health providers and housing associations can work together to improve the quality and reduce the costs of housing for people with mental health problems.
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A settled home is vital for good mental health. People with mental health problems are far less likely to be homeowners and far more likely to live in unstable environments. Support with housing can improve the health of individuals and help reduce overall demand for health and social care services. Ensuring service users have a suitable and settled place to live can aid recovery from mental health problems.
Housing associations have considerable experience in designing and delivering services that enable positive health outcomes. By working in partnership, mental health providers and housing associations can provide better pathways and outcomes for service users.