Exploring the relationship between housing concerns, mental health and wellbeing: A qualitative study of social housing tenants

HOLDING, E, BLANK, L, CROWDER, M, FERRARI, Edward and GOYDER, E (2020). Exploring the relationship between housing concerns, mental health and wellbeing: A qualitative study of social housing tenants. Journal of Public Health, 42 (3), E231-E238.

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    Abstract

    Background The rising prevalence of mental health problems is a growing public health issue. Poor mental health is not equally distributed across social groups and is associated with poverty and insecure housing. An evaluation of a social housing intervention provided an opportunity to explore the connections between housing and wider determinants of health and wellbeing. Methods We undertook 44 interviews with social housing tenants over a two-year period to explore their views on housing, health and wellbeing. Results Poor mental health was common. The results suggest that perceptions of housing quality, service responsiveness, community safety, benefit changes and low income all have a detrimental effect on tenants’ mental health. Conclusions Social housing providers who wish to have a positive impact on the mental health of their tenants need to consider how to best support or mitigate the impact of these stresses. Addressing traditional housing officer functions such as reporting or monitoring home repairs alongside holistic support remains an important area where social housing departments can have substantial health impact. Tackling the complex nature of mental health requires a joined up approach between housing and a number of services.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: housing; mental health; social housing; Housing; Humans; Mental Health; Poverty; Public Health; Qualitative Research; Humans; Mental Health; Public Health; Housing; Qualitative Research; Poverty; Public Health; 1117 Public Health and Health Services
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdz076
    Page Range: E231-E238
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 16:25
    Last Modified: 11 May 2022 16:25
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30188

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