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Housing is a Mental Health Issue w/ Focus E15 and Debt Resistance UK
Wed 26 April 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
Housing is a Mental Health Issue: Building a Network to Confront Housing, Austerity and Mental Health
We know that overcrowded, insecure and inadequate housing or being forcibly housed away from our friends and family makes people feel miserable and stressed. Housing affects our health and well-being in a huge way.
So are local and national policy-makers and companies doing enough to improving housing for local people? Or are they making it worse? How is the health of communities being affected by housing and financial decisions? What could local councils be doing differently? And who are the hidden powerful actors in these housing policy decisions - who's story rarely gets told?
Focus E15, the housing activist group in East London, have launched a 'Housing is a Mental Health Issue' campaign after conducting some participatory action research clearly showing the link between housing policy choices and psychological distress within Newham. Their important research with local residents means they are now demanding better housing policy for better health.
So come along and join us..
To hear about the community-led research directly from members of Focus E15 and the academics involved
To hear Debt Resistance UK expose some of the financial and powerful actors that exist behind the housing policy decisions.
To explore with us how we can all work together on these issues to demand healthier housing policies that puts residents first.
To launch a 'Housing and Mental Health' network through which we can share ideas and start organising together to effect social change. Come and be part of this new initiative and help shape it.
Whether you're a local Newham resident who has been directly affected by housing issues, or a mental health or social care professional - we invite you to come along. The event will be friendly and inclusive, and children are very welcome.
Travel expenses can be reimbursed for anyone who would like to come, but cannot afford to travel.
7pm; Welcome and Introductions
7.30 - 9pm; Talks and Discussion w/ Focus E15 and Debt Resistance UK
9 - 9.30pm; [Optional] Housing and Mental Health Network Launch and Discussion