Disrepair and Mental Health

One in three people in the UK live in poor quality housing.  This is even more common for people with mental health problems. The stress caused by living in poor housing conditions can exacerbate existing mental health conditions and can also cause conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Shelter research conducted in 2017 found that one in five adults say that housing problems have had a negative impact upon their mental health in the last five years.  It also found that women were more likely to be affected by living in poor housing and found that 10% of mothers who live in poor housing conditions are clinically depressed.

In addition to stress, depression and anxiety poor housing conditions can lead to low self-esteem and social isolation if people are embarrassed to invite friend and family to their property because of its poor condition

Evidence suggests that matters such as damp, mould and cold in properties have a negative impact on physical health which also has an impact on mental health.  Further research suggests that cold and damp properties can have a significant affect upon the mental health of children causing them to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression and can also cause behavioural difficulties.

Having a safe and secure home is such an important part of people’s lives and can have such a massive impact upon mental health.

Poor housing conditions can lead to exacerbation of metal health issues and mental health issues can make it harder to cope with housing  problems.  The most vulnerable people can also  find it difficult to seek help to address any housing problems.

If you, or someone you provide support to, are experiencing problems with disrepair and poor quality housing CEL Solicitors can help.  Our team have a wealth of experience in assisting vulnerable people and those with mental health issues including working alongside the Official Solicitor.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and assistance.