health & well being
We offer trauma-led services in a psychologically informed environment.
Where the problem is the problem, not the person.
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 at The Bridge are individually created and individually 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 individuals to meet their own needs.
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)
Over the past few years, we have initiated a number of mental health support and wellbeing projects including:
Arts & Crafts
Mental Health Peer Support
Life Skills Learning
Spoken-Word and Poetry Writing
Visit The Hub to find out more about the therapeutic services we 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.
To improve the health and wellbeing of the homeless in Leicester so that they feel valued and socially integrated
Every Individual Matters
and substance-related problems
Encouraging engagement and providing targeted support
Promoting happiness and personal satisfaction
Empowering based on recovery model