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Housing pressures harming mental health of more than a third of adults in London

PUBLISHED: 12:02 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 19 April 2017

A homeless person sleeping rough in a doorway in London in February 2017. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A homeless person sleeping rough in a doorway in London in February 2017. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Millions of people living in London are experiencing mental health illness because of housing problems, research has revealed.

A report by housing charity Shelter and ComRes showed 37 per cent of people in the capital have experienced long-term stress, anxiety and depression as a result of housing issues over their lifetime.

People who have been the worst affected have contemplated suicidal thoughts, according to the in-depth investigation with 20 GPs,

Shelter London manager Connie Cullen said: “Every day at Shelter London we hear from people who are at their wit’s end because they just can’t cope with their unstable, unliveable or unaffordable housing.

“From families worrying about falling behind on the rent to people struggling with the misery of raising children in a tiny, mouldy flat – people can feel completely overwhelmed.”

Nationally, 69 pc of people who have experienced housing problems in the last five years say they have reported a negative impact on their mental health.

Poor living conditions, an inability to pay the rent or being threatened with eviction are some of the problems named by those affected.

Shelter has advised people to take advice and early support to “ease the pressure and stop things spiralling out of control”.

Anyone struggling with bad housing and homelessness can visit shelter.org.uk/advice or contact Shelter London on 0344 515 1540.

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