Needs of homeless people for mental healthcare

Walid Khalid Abdul-Hamid, Til Wykes, Stephen Stansfeld
2010 The Psychiatrist  
Aims and method To assess the individual needs for psychiatric services of a representative sample of homeless men living in hostels. A standardised procedure was used to assess the needs of 101 randomly selected homeless men. Results The main mental health needs of the study sample were for psychiatric and social assessments and for alcohol and drug services. Men with psychotic problems had a high level of needs for psychiatric services and a higher proportion of unmet needs. Clinical
more » ... . Clinical implications Our findings support the need for community-based multidisciplinary services that work specifically with homeless people to meet their needs. These services should incorporate psychiatric, social and substance misuse services.
doi:10.1192/pb.bp.109.025874 fatcat:d3ygrm4s6namfjfksddp37jrba