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Mental Health & Wellbeing

We offer trauma-led services in a psychologically informed environment.

Where the problem is the problem, not the person.

Mental Health at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope

Mental Health & Homelessness

People who are homeless often experience psychological distress and have other mental health problems that are increased by being forced through systems that only compound their trauma. This can leave them feeling isolated, stigmatised and worthless.

With support, our guests can access tailored help through our services at The Bridge Homelessness to Hope and with our mental health partners.

In 2014, 80% of homeless people in England reported having mental health issues, with 45% having been diagnosed with a mental health condition. 
Homeless Link (2014). 'The Unhealthy State of Homelessness: Health Audit Results 2014'.

Our Services

Our services at The Bridge are individually created and realised.

 

They are designed to be non-judgmental, strength-based and empowering, where people are treated as individuals who can decide their own futures and choose their own support.

Read about What We Do and the services we provide to empower and enable our guests to meet their own needs. 

Thinking Man

The most prevalent health problems among homeless individuals are substance misuse, mental health problems or a combination of the two.

 

Department for Communities and Local Government (2012)

Praying

Wellbeing

Projects

We have initiated a number of mental health and wellbeing projects over the past five years including:

  • Health, Dental and Eye Clinics

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Music

  • Photography

  • Cooking

  • Creative Writing

  • Football

  • Mental Health Peer Support

  • Film Club

  • Bike Rides

  • Days out

 

Visit The Hub to find out more about the therapeutic services we currently provide.

Our Mental Health Strategy

It is our belief that the problems of homelessness cannot be resolved without addressing issues around mental and psychological health.

As part of The Bridge's five-year mental health strategy, overseen by trustee, Dr Girish Kunigiri, we have created a set of values and objectives that aim to promote the mental health and wellbeing of our guests so that they feel valued and socially integrated.

Vision

To improve the health and wellbeing of the homeless in Leicester so that they feel valued and socially integrated

Values

Compassion, Respect, Hope and Every Individual Matters

Objectives

Identification of mental and substance-related problems

Encouraging engagement and providing targeted support

Promoting happiness and personal satisfaction

Empowering based on recovery model

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