Mental Health, Substance Use & Homelessness

This module is part of digital training package on homeless and inclusion health. It will take around 1:40 to complete, with an additional 1:15 of optional case studies, plus reflection time. Using presentations from leading experts, this module provides you with an overview of the impact and interrelationships between mental health, substance use and homelessness. This module is designed for:

  • Practitioners
  • Clinicians
  • Policy-makers
  • Commissioners
  • Service providers
  • Campaigners and people with lived experience of exclusions

The sessions cover the challenge of complex needs and mental health and how we can support people living with these problems, and how interrelationships between housing, mental health and trauma informed care can be beneficial. After completing this module you should:

  • Have a deeper understanding of what mental health brings to tackling homelessness, exclusion and social justice
  • Understand the wider context of public and government policy in making a case for challenging social exclusion
  • Understand the reasons for, and consequences of, decision making in people living with homelessness and mental health problems
  • Know more about trauma, trauma recovery and trauma informed care and the current evidence basis for this

Additional units to supplement this learning are listed in the side bar

Mental health and Homelessness in Toxic Times

Lynne Friedli – Mental health and homelessness in toxic times

Health, Fairness, Protection, Autonomy

Professor Dame Sue Bailey DBE FRCPsych – Health, Fairness, Protection, Autonomy

Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Dr Simon Wharne, Jo Prestige and Caroline Hattersley from Providence Row discussing how Trauma Informed Care is key to their work with people dealing with the effects of complex disadvantage.

Dr Simon Wharne, Jo Prestige and Caroline Hattersley – Seminar 1: Mental Health & Substance Misuse

Case Studies

Robin Johnson – Housing first, Psychologically Informed Environments and Trauma Informed Care

John Connolly & Paul Ashton – Pre-treatment therapy for multiply-excluded homeless people in Central London

The information in this e-learning resource has been collated by The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health to support learning, collaboration and good practice. This has been sponsored by Public Health England as part of its commitment to sharing evidence and promoting the development of effective local leadership and good practice.