Facing homelessness – or feeling vulnerable or unsafe at home – can be one of the most stressful and distressing situations you can experience. If you are having problems with your housing there are people you can turn to for help and different options for support.
You can find out where you can get help with any housing problems in our Mental Health Services Directory. This includes information about:
- Getting urgent help for homelessness.
- Housing support for people with mental health problems.
- Access to emergency accommodation for women and men experiencing domestic violence.
If you are struggling to cope and need to talk to someone now, you can call:
- Connect helpline on 0808 800 1212 (freephone) which gives emotional support and information to people in Leeds every night of the year (6pm to 2am)
- The Samaritans on 116 123 (freephone) – open 24 hours a day
The Mental Health Homeless Team (by professional referral only)
Professionals, GPs, Housing Officers, CMHNs or social workers can find out more about referral criteria on the website. Email the team at mentalhealthhomelessteam@
You can still register with a GP if you’re homeless. NHS England has published a leaflet that can help you know how to register and what to do if you’re refused.
- How to claim housing benefit
- Private renting
- Council housing
- Tenancy deposits
- Mortgage arrears
- Get help from the council
Everyone wants to feel safe and secure at home and it’s particularly important if you are experiencing mental health problems. Mind’s guide to housing and mental health talks you through all the relevant issues including financial support and finding the right kind of accommodation to suit your needs. You can also access a useful factsheet produced by Rethink Mental Illness which gives information about the different housing options.