How Does Housing Affect Mental Health?

What are effects of poor housing?

Substandard housing such as water leaks, poor ventilation, dirty carpets and pest infestation can lead to an increase in mold, mites and other allergens associated with poor health.

Cold indoor conditions have been associated with poorer health, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease..

What illnesses can poor housing cause?

Poor housing conditions are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections, asthma, lead poisoning, injuries, and mental health. Addressing housing issues offers public health practitioners an opportunity to address an important social determinant of health.

How can poor housing affect mental health?

Children who have lived in temporary accommodation for over a year are three times as likely to have mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, compared to their peers. Living in poor housing affects women more than men.

Does where you live affect your mental health?

Cities are associated with higher rates of most mental health problems compared to rural areas: an almost 40% higher risk of depression, over 20% more anxiety, and double the risk of schizophrenia, in addition to more loneliness, isolation and stress. (click here for more detail).

How does housing affect quality of life?

The quality of a home’s neighborhood is shaped in part by how well individual homes are maintained, and widespread residential deterioration in a neighborhood can negatively affect mental health. Both home design and structure significantly influence housing quality and may affect mental and physical health.

Can mental health team help with housing?

The local housing department, social services or your local community mental health team should be able to tell you what supported accommodation services are in your area. Or you can search online. You can often apply for supported accommodation through your local council website.