Stephen has attended a parliamentary reception to discuss the link between mental health problems and inadequate housing. The event was organised by the charity, Mind.
Mind organised the event with the aim of kick-starting conversations to make sure the rights of people with mental health problems are firmly on the housing agenda.
The event saw the launch of a short film called Beyond Bricks. The video shows three people with mental health problems - Nadia, Gabbi and Sarah. They describe the serious impact poor housing can have on our mental health.
Stephen listened to the experiences of people affected by poor social housing and the impact of this on their mental health. He showed his commitment to ‘Beyond Bricks’ for mental health and housing in East Ham by signing Mind’s pledge board. This commits Stephen to press the government to place mental health at the heart of future housing policy.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “I was glad to attend this important event and intrigued to hear from people affected by poor mental health. Around one in four people in Newham will experience a mental health problem in any given year, and previous research by Mind found more than two in five people with mental health problems living in social housing have seen their mental health deteriorate as a result of where they live.
“I regularly hear from many constituents who tell me they’re not getting the support they need when it comes to living in and accessing suitable housing. I’m committed to doing all I can to transform this so that everyone in Newham gets the information, advice and access to the housing that they need and deserve, to help people recover and stay well. It’s vital we collectively go ‘Beyond Bricks’ in East Ham which will help prevent things from going wrong further down the line.”