Health research: The long-term effects of rough sleeping – Executive Summary

Morbidity and mortality amongst people with experience of sleeping rough

Health research: The long-term effects of rough sleeping – Executive Summary

Thames Reach were proud to commission crucial new research into the long-term effects of rough sleeping, along with St Mungo’s and the Mayor of London. Key findings are below; if you would like to read the full report, it can be accessed here through King’s College London.

Major risk factors of early deaths include social isolation, bereavement, violence, exploitation and issues with benefits

Social isolation is an ongoing issue for people with experience of rough sleeping

Good quality, stable accommodation identified as a key factor in improving health and wellbeing

Rough sleeping impacts mental health and self-worth even after someone has moved away from the streets

People with experience rough sleeping histories struggle to access appropriate and timely healthcare

On 15 January, we hosted a busy event with researchers Becky Rice and Dr Caroline Shulman presenting their work followed by a panel discussion with Bill Tidnam (Chief Executive, Thames Reach) and Yvonne Scott-Henry (Area Manager, Thames Reach), David Eastwood (Rough Sleeping Lead, Housing and Land; Greater London Authority), Dr Michelle Cornes (researcher) and Stuart Morgan (TST client).

Keep your eye out for updates as we implement the findings in our Tenancy Sustainment Teams. In the meantime, please find resources below:

Executive Summary


How Thames Reach are working to prevent homelessness