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Lambeth High Street

Poor mental health can wreak havoc on people’s lives, and is a major cause of rough sleeping.

Thames Reach’s Lambeth High Street project opened in the 1990s as part of a major government initiative that recognised the particular difficulties faced by people sleeping rough who had severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Lambeth High Street provides accommodation and support to 24 former rough sleepers people who are living with mental health problems. Staff provide support around budgeting, managing medication, keeping healthy and developing social networks.

Residents can also take part in iReach computer skills sessions at the project and are encouraged to get involved with local colleges, the Thames Reach Employment Academy, and to enjoy the types of activities many of us take for granted, such as going to the gym or swimming at the local pool.

The service works with SLAM mental health services, including the START Team, Community Mental Health Teams and the Lambeth Living Well Network Hub, which offers support and advice to Lambeth residents with concerns around their mental health.

Residents are encouraged to gain a better insight into their wellbeing and how to manage their mental health and recognise the triggers that can make them unwell.

Referrals into the project come from the Local Authority, and the aim is to help people move on into more independent accommodation within about two years.

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