Being homeless is a traumatic experience
Homelessness is an emotionally and physically painful and lonely experience that has a lasting impact on mental health.
In fact, over 60% of our clients have identified issues with their mental health. Only 25% of the general population experience a mental health problem each year.
We believe that everyone deserves the space, time and help they need to process trauma, develop better coping mechanisms and improve their mental health and quality of life.
Therapy can provide a critical lifeline for anyone needing to make sense of what’s happening in their life now and in the past, think about what they want for themselves and how they can move forward.
Our specialist teams work closely with our clients every day to build trust and connections, find better ways to cope with feelings and fears and improve wellbeing.
Our Opportunities Programme provides collaborative and creative ways for people experiencing homelessness to build on their strengths and talents, take an active part, learn, share and grow.
The programme offers arts, gardening, music and sports activities as well as therapy. The positive life experiences gained, and healthy relationships developed, provide a renewed sense of hope, confidence and possibility. These often serve as a turning point for our clients in their recovery.
When Jason, 50, left his family home after his relationship ended, he became tangled up in the system that was meant to support him. This is how we helped him find his way out.
Gary, 57, loves his bike. It’s more than just a means of transport for him. It’s a symbol of his new-found confidence, strength and hope as he moves, (or in this case pedals), towards a brighter future.
We recognise that a significant barrier to our clients moving on with their lives is past and recurring trauma. By offering psychotherapy to people who have been homeless or are vulnerable to becoming homeless, we are addressing some of the underlying causes of homelessness.