The facts

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Despite this, mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting times and, in some regions, lack specialist services. Despite government pledges to dedicate record levels of funding to mental health services, 57% of Clinical Commissioning Groups plan to slash their budgets in 2018 for the third year running.

Public spending is focused almost entirely on coping with crisis, with only a significant investment in prevention. Although more people are now accessing treatment, around a third of all people with a mental health problem have sought no professional help at all.

Mental health is a serious concern with regard to the criminal justice system; 26% of women and 16% of men received treatment for a mental health problem in the year before entering custody.

Our approach

We know that too many people with mental health problems present at crisis point, whether this be in A&E, police custody or prison. Their problems are left undiagnosed and unsupported in the community resulting in costly consequences for individuals, their family and blue light services. People in crisis often present with multiple and complex needs such as drug or alcohol addiction, homelessness or time in prison.

We understand the vital role that supported housing plays for people with mental health problems. For many people living in Nacro housing, mental health problems are diagnosed during their time with us, or present as a ‘secondary need’. We take a holistic approach to the support we offer, making sure we address the needs of the whole person.

Our mental health work

Our housing services support people to overcome or manage any mental health problems they may be experiencing, in addition to help with education, training and employment and maximising their general health and wellbeing. We work towards building up an individual’s independent living skills, as well as addressing social skills and social isolation, preparing them for more permanent accommodation in the community.

We also work with people leaving custody to ensure that all of their mental and physical wellbeing needs are met, giving them the best possible chance of moving on to a positive future.

Steve’s story

After leaving prison, Steve volunteered with Nacro. Read his story here.

Our mental health services

Nacro Denbighshire Flexible Supported Housing Service – NEST provides temporary supported housing for up to 12 months to vulnerable single parent families.
Nacro Mental Health Service – Mid Essex  is a supported housing project for single people who have experienced mental health issues and who may also have social problems.
Nacro Mental Health Service – North Essex is a supported housing project for single people who have experienced mental health issues and who may also have social problems.
Nacro Mental Health Service – West Essex is a supported housing project for single people who have experienced mental health issues and who may also have social problems.
Nacro Stockport Targeted Prevention Alliance provides early help and preventative support for a wide range of individuals or households who may be vulnerable for any reason related to their health, wellbeing or circumstances.
Nacro Stody House is a service for ex-servicemen and women which works collaboratively to deliver cognitive psychological and social rehabilitation services and support to recover from their time in service.