Haringey’s Housing and Health services make pledges for better mental health

Haringey’s Housing and Health services make pledges for better mental health

An initiative to tackle mental health which will bring together social housing landlords and mental health services was launched on Friday (16 March 2018) by Haringey Council and a range of health and housing partners, including Haringey CCG.

To promote better mental health, an innovative set of ‘pledges’ have been agreed by the council, its mental health service partners and affordable housing landlords - the first time in England that local housing and health groups have agreed to work together in this way.

Individual pledges include offering Mental Heath Awareness and first aid training to front line housing staff, prioritising property repairs as urgent if they are preventing someone from leaving hospital and encouraging tenants to share information about their health conditions with their landlords.

Housing bodies signing up to the pledges include L&Q, Family Mosaic, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing and Metropolitan. The mental health support services include Barnet Enfield Haringey Mental Health Trust, Mind in Haringey and Citizen Advice Haringey.

Councillor Jason Arthur, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Health, said: “Having a safe and stable home is critical for our mental wellbeing and issues around housing can be extremely stressful for some people. This is a set of practical commitments to help promote mental wellbeing for everyone in Haringey.

“Health staff often see patients stressed by housing issues, and landlords often support tenants with complex health problems. Coming together to take a new approach to mental wellbeing will help staff and tenants feel more able to talk about their mental and emotional health.”

Mark Pritchard, Interim Service Manager Haringey Community Services, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust said: “These pledges demonstrate a real commitment from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust to work together with our local partners to prevent homelessness, and promote wellbeing across the borough.

“We’re delighted that we will be working so closely with our colleagues to give patients the support and healthcare they need where they want it most, at home. This is in line with our Trust’s Enablement programme which aims to work with people to get their lives back on track and promote independence.”

Tamara Degrassi, Area Housing Manager at Family Mosiac said: “We are committed to tacking inequalities in the provision of mental health support, helping our residents sustain their tenancies and improve the quality of their lives. We work closely with our staff through training to raise awareness and make sure that we help all our vulnerable residents to receive proper support and signposting.”

One in four of us will experience mental ill health at some time in our lives, and taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical health.