On World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Awareness Day, Sadiq Khan launched a new £2.35m scheme to help rough sleepers with mental health needs.
The Mayor of London announced a new £2.35m scheme to support people with mental health needs sleeping rough in the capital.
Last year, half of all people sleeping rough in London were recorded as having mental health needs, but many do not have access to the specialist support and treatment they need. This two-year project will see how new collaborative ways of working can provide targeted support and help people leave the streets for good.
Dedicated teams of mental health practitioners from NHS Mental Health Trusts, including NELFT, will join outreach workers on the streets from organisations such as St Mungo’s, Thames Reach and Single Homeless Project (SHP) providing people sleeping rough with flexible, accessible mental health support, which better understands their needs and ensures they receive the appropriate assessment and treatment.
Funding for the new pilot will be awarded across four mental health trusts to specialist services which have been co-designed with local outreach teams and the 16 local authorities covered by the project.
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