Mental Health

Hoarding Disorder’s UK – New support and advice group launching in Reading

Compulsive hoarding is a recognised mental health disorder and is marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. There can be many triggers for why someone starts hoarding, including living in poverty for a period of time, grief, loss of a partner or breakdown of […]

Will’s Story

When he was 16 years old, Will came to Nightstop seeking support after being left with no choice but to leave home. After a short period of staying with our volunteer hosts he was able to move into supported accommodation where he stayed for 2.5 years. Feeling confident and in control Will moved back to […]

Geery’s Story (Homelessness, Mental Health, Migration, Addiction, Lighthouse)

Geery Frenstacky, originally from the Czech Republic has lived in the UK for 27 years. During this time he has worked and had claimed benefits. Although many details for his life are unknown we do know Geery developed serious Mental Health issues and has been sectioned several times. During one of the admissions Geery’s benefits […]

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day! 💚 Did you know that homeless people are 6x more likely to take their own life than the rest of the general population? 💔 The Homeless Hub write, “There is no single-handed solution to reduce the rates of suicide and depression among those experiencing homelessness. Yet, it is essential to […]

Gary’s Story.

An interview with Gary Staniforth of Hidden Voices. Hidden Voices are champions of positive change in the lives of vulnerable people. They provide training, activities and workshops to improve mental health, raise self-esteem and build confidence. Gary Staniforth began his journey in 2008 and is now the CEO of the Hidden Voices social enterprise.   […]

My Name is Johna Johnson.

An interview with Recovery Radio’s Johna Johnson about his story.   I’m a volunteer for Arch and have been for two years, and I am a co-facilitator at Unity.   I have been around services for over 30 years on and off mainly for mental health issues.   I have clashed with services at times, yet […]

Mental health action group – update

The Homelessness Charter Mental Health Action Group met for the first time on 23rd  September at 42nd Street, Manchester’s fantastic young people’s mental health project. Thirteen people attended, with a great mix of views in the room, including people with lived experience of mental health issues and homelessness, people working in support services and people […]