We know that mental health and wellbeing is just as important as physical health. Poor mental health can be both a cause and a consequence of homelessness, which is why we invest in projects and services which improve mental health outcomes.
Around 95 percent of young people we work with who identify as needing help with their mental health engage with our support and/or see an improvement in their mental health.
Good mental health allows the young people we work with to develop a stake in their communities and fulfil their potential.
Young people who do not feel mentally healthy can take steps to improve their mental health, including talking about their feelings, staying active, eating well, drinking in moderation, staying in touch with friends and family, asking for help when they need it, taking a break, doing something they are good at to beat stress, accepting who they are to boost self-esteem and caring for others to build relationships.
Moreover, we offer specialist mental health support services, providing a safe and supportive environment where young people can tackle their personal challenges, develop the skills they need for independent living and build the futures they want for themselves through learning and positive activities.
We provide a psychologically informed environment that encompasses five key areas: developing a psychological framework, considering the physical environment and social spaces, staff training and support, the managing of relationships, and the evaluation of outcomes.
We achieve this by providing intensive support, particularly around the managing of behaviours and emotions, advice and guidance, liaising closely with external agencies and incorporating strong partnership links.
We work alongside local authorities and specialist agencies to avoid disruption and offer young people a stable environment to live in and progress.