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Homelessness Homelessness and Rough-sleeping Homelessness and rough-sleeping are on the increase

Homelessness and rough-sleeping are on the increase in the UK.  Despite legislations and efforts by public and private players have not managed to combat it.

One may wonder, how would someone may end up homeless?  We know care homes and Charity organisations are doing a great job in trying to reduce it.  Unfortunately, when one leaves the care home for sofa-sleeping by friends, if arrangements fail, and no immediate help is received, they end up in the streets. 



What about homeless adults, who feel there is no way out of sleeping rough?

In 2019 more than 290,000 people were homeless in England, 170,000 of them are in London.  1 out of every 52 of us is suffering some form or sort of mental illness.

Over 9.000 people sleep rough in the streets according Fresh Start, a charity devoted to helping rough-sleepers and the homeless in and around the city of London.

Studies found that rough-sleeping can derive from these following reasons: Domestic abuse, Relation breakdown, Poor mental health, Drug/substance abuse, Redundancy, Alcohol addiction, Inherited/genetic related defection.  There may be more other root causes of ending up with nowhere to live.

800 million people live with mental health problems in the world

During the pandemic (covid-19), charities have done a remarkable job in housing those sleeping rough in London.  From providing luxurious buildings and warm food for the homeless but it does not stop there. Homeless/rough-sleepers come from all walks of life.



Can rough-sleeping and homelessness have linked to mental illness? 

Sometimes mental illness can lead to rough-sleeping, as it is neglected and underestimated by both the government and partner charity organisations like Fresh Start.

There is a Gymnasium in every 25 miles in and around the capital, London. But there are few psychotherapy parlours or mental wellbeing exercise centres provided for the public to enrol as we do with the various fitness clubs.  Mental wellbeing practice and exercise should be included in the curriculum and promoted by media and government.  As many of us are living with some form of mental illness that can be trigged by depression, weak mental state, unforeseen circumstances, and misuse of prescribed drugs.

In most people’s view mental exercise is as important as physical, particularly for young people.

The lockdown of Covid-19, might have been a major trigger point for lot of us.  Frustration and uncertainty would have clouded our thinking and emotions.  With the pandemic, people’s stress level would have increased, if not handled skilfully, can lead to deterioration.

Law makers and authorities need to look into many provisions for young and venerable people around the capital.  The budget cuts made to some sectors have impacted to youth clubs, sports clubs, state-sponsored charities and many non-governmental organisations.  



I managed to exchange few words with a 48 years old homeless gentleman, Ben Miller.  Ben has been sleeping rough under the bridge in Haringey for more than 12 months.  I asked Ben what made him homeless?  Ben said: it all started when the authorities try to remove his unborn baby from the partner’s womb. I wanted him to elaborate on this, but he could not give me anything clear.  All he kept on saying is He wants to get back to how he was.

I asked Ben, weather he gets visits from the local authorities and charities?  He said yes but they could not help him.  Ben does not know where his daughter and partner are.  Once again, his response convinced me, his rough-sleeping might have derived from a mental pressure or depression.  

Ben Miller, homeless has spent more than

12 months sleeping under this bridge in Green Lanes London 

Homeless couple sleeping in doorway in Green

                                                                                  Lanes London

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