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Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health

 

Housing is a critical foundation for an individual’s journey to recovery.

One of the five domains in the National Mental Health Commission’s Contributing Life Framework is “feeling safe, stable and secure”. The Commission is working to build a better understanding of this domain and conducted a consultation (27 March to 24 April 2017) which focused on the connections between housing, homelessness and mental health.

This is a priority for the Commission because:

  • Generally for people who are living with a mental health difficulty, getting and keeping their own home is hard to achieve compared to the general community.
  • For the most vulnerable and unwell, cycles of homelessness, unstable housing and poor mental health can become their total life experience.

The Commission believes it is essential that mental health issues are a part of any discussion on homelessness and housing.

Through our consultation process the Commission is reaching out to collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders such as, community sector, people with lived experience, peak bodies, government departments and state mental health commissions.  Through this engagement the Commission aims to better understand and develop a national view of housing issues in relation to mental health and hear examples of local initiatives.

The purpose of our community consultation is to inform future policy, practice and research priorities.

CONSULTATION PROCESS

    1. Eight jurisdictional workshops in all states and territories from 27 March to 7 April. To ensure these workshops were interactive, participation was by invitation. The Commission invited a range of stakeholders to nominate representatives. Participation of people with lived experience and rural and regional representatives was encouraged.
    2. Consumers, carers, families and support people were invited to share housing and homelessness experiences in relation to mental health through our online consultation (closed 24 April). The survey was promoted through established networks and social media.

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

  • Focus paper: The Commission has developed with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) a focused issues paper with some key questions for discussion at the workshops and the online survey.
  • Reports on the workshops: after workshops reports on the discussion will be available on the Commission’s website.

"It’s essential that mental health issues are a part of any discussion on homelessness and housing."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

HAVE YOUR SAY

Consumers, carers, families and support people are invited to share housing and homelessness experiences in relation to mental health through our online consultation.

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