Mental health and wellbeing services

The impact of being homeless can be devastating. Homelessness shatters confidence, motivation and self-esteem. It can also destroy relationships with family and friends. Mental and physical health problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are all common. The average age of death for a homeless person is just 47.

We provide classes that improve mental and physical wellbeing through activities like mindfulness for chronic pain, yoga, healthy eating classes, Tai Chi, football and karate. Working with homeless people in this way increases confidence, self-esteem and motivation as well as improving fitness, mental health and relationships with others.

We also offer one-to-one counselling to help people overcome the barriers that are stopping them moving forward with their lives. Our support includes providing coping strategies for managing stress and improving overall mental wellbeing.

We run regular Wellbeing Forums with the aim of getting people talking about mental health and reducing stigma. They provide a safe space for people to be open with each other and form positive relationships.

We currently need funding for these services at our Skylight centre in London. Over the next twelve months we expect that over 500 people will take part in one of our classes or Forums, and 300 people will receive one-to-one support and counselling.

If you are interested in partnering with us to help people overcome the mental and physical trauma of homelessness, please contact us on trusts@crisis.org.uk or 020 7036 2841.