Mind and AHURI seek partners for research on housing, homelessness and mental health

The project will identify potential interventions to improve how the housing and mental health systems work together

Date April 2018

How can you recover from mental distress when you don’t have somewhere to live that is safe, secure and affordable – and somewhere you can really call home?

Housing issues have emerged as a major concern in our extensive consultations with the people we support, their carers and families, and the broader community. This accords with national research and is why housing is a key focus area for Mind’s research and advocacy program in the next three years.

Mind is beginning this exciting new phase of its research and advocacy work with the launch of a new research venture, Trajectories: the interplay between mental health and housing pathways, in partnership with the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

Mind and AHURI are seeking partners for this project, which aims to better understand the relationships between housing and mental health. As a national study, Trajectories will identify potential practical interventions as well as ways housing and mental health systems can be improved for people with mental health issues.

The partnership prospectus for the project is now available to download.

Currently neither government policy nor the service systems for mental health and housing and homelessness take sufficient account of the links between people’s experiences of mental health and housing, leading many people to miss out on the support they require for recovery. This can have devastating consequences for affected individuals, their friends, families, communities and for society at large.

Trajectories seeks to address this gap and hasten policy and practice solutions that enable people with mental health issues to access and sustain affordable and appropriate housing.

Mind Australia and AHURI are seeking three types of partners: 

  • funding partners for the current work or to support a second stage of the research
  • data partners to assist with data access and data provision – organisations who hold large data sets on mental health and housing and/or homelessness
  • consultation partners - organisations or individuals who can help us recruit participants for the planned service provider, consumer, family and carer consultations.

This is an opportunity to participate, from the beginning, in a program of policy, research and advocacy development that will extend over a number of years.

If you are interested in partnering with Trajectories or wish to find out more, please download the partnership prospectus or contact Mind Australia or AHURI.

Quote from Julian Gardner on the importance of ensuring affordable housing

Contact

Dr Sarah Pollock 
Executive Director Research & Advocacy
Mind Australia
T 03 9455 7976 
M 0407 505 597 
E sarah.pollock@mindaustralia.org.au

Dr Michael Fotheringham 
Executive Director 
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
T 03 9660 2300 
M 0402 413 842 
E michael.fotheringham@ahuri.edu.au

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