Help our clients meet Jeremy Hunt!
A few weeks ago, St Mungo's clients wrote to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, asking for a meeting to explain to him just how urgently specialised mental health services for people sleeping rough are needed. He hasn't replied.
It's important that the people who make decisions about funding for services see the impact that they can have. We know Jeremy Hunt's a busy man, but he should be able to spare half an hour to talk to people who've slept rough, shouldn't he?
Help us by sending an email to Jeremy Hunt MP, asking him to seize the opportunity to meet with a group of people who are on the road to recovery and have real experiences of street homelessness.
You can take a look at the email before filling in your details. You will get a final chance to review it before sending.
To the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Health
Department of Health
Dear Mr Hunt
I am writing to you as a supporter of St Mungo's Stop the Scandal campaign about the recent meeting request from St Mungo’s clients to discuss their experiences of sleeping rough with mental health problems.
St Mungo's clients wrote to you on 28 November 2016, the day that St Mungo's published their new research Stop the Scandal: the case for action on mental health and rough sleeping. You can read the report here: www.mungos.org/stopthescandal/caseforaction
I was shocked to read in that report that less than a third of areas with a high number of people sleeping rough commission any mental health services that actively target people sleeping rough.
Mental ill health is both a cause and consequence of rough sleeping.
According to research from St Mungo's, people who sleep rough with a mental health problem are 50% more likely to spend over a year on the streets, risking their mental and physical health and increasing the likelihood of greater reliance on already overburdened health and social care systems.
Meeting with St Mungo's clients would give you the opportunity to give what you already know some human context, and a chance to hear from people with lived experience of homelessness how mental health services can work for everyone.
I hope that you will seize it.