Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse pledges support for St Mungo’s Stop the Scandal campaign
At a reception in parliament Jim Fitzpatrick pledged his support for St Mungo’s campaign to stop the scandal of rough sleeping.
The campaign is calling for a new strategy to end rough sleeping, including more specialist support for people sleeping rough with mental health problems.
Recent St Mungo’s research found that increasing numbers of people on the streets are also tackling mental health problems. Four in ten people sleeping rough need mental health support and those with a mental health problem are more likely to live on the streets for longer. Despite this only a third of areas with high levels of rough sleeping commission specialist mental health services for people sleeping rough.
Jim said in support of the Stop the Scandal Campaign:
“No one should have to sleep rough, which is why I am pleased to support St Mungo’s campaign for a new strategy to end rough sleeping. I don’t want anyone in Poplar and Limehouse to be stuck sleeping rough because they can’t access the mental health support they desperately need and I pledge to challenge the government and local partners to do more to prevent and tackle rough sleeping.”
Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said:
“It’s nothing short of a scandal that people are stuck sleeping rough while their mental health suffers. Our research has revealed a number of stark findings including rising numbers of people who are affected and a lack of specialist services to support people to come off the streets. I’m grateful to all our supporters in parliament for their pledges to help tackle the mental health crisis on our streets.”
In February, St Mungo’s launched its Stop the Scandal campaign calling on the Prime Minister to lead a new strategy to end rough sleeping. More than 15,000 people signed an open letter to Theresa May which was handed in on World Homelessness Day on 10 October.
To find out more, please visit: www.mungos.org/stopthescandal