Trajectories, a collaborative research project between Mind Australia and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute found that housing insecurity is associated with poor mental health and increased suicide risk.
As one participant with lived experience in the study said about being faced with housing insecurity, “you feel worthless and like you don’t belong anywhere.”
The sad reality is that those with lived experience of mental ill-health are also more likely to be affected by housing insecurity. In Australia, there are at least 31,000 people living with mental ill-health who are either experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
Other common experiences include being forced to live in unsuitable housing, or in institutional care because of a lack of affordable, safe and appropriate accommodation in the community.
There are a range of evidence-based solutions, highlighted by our position statement. These need to be implemented in order to improve the wellbeing of Australians.
Read the report here.