Links between housing problems and mental illness

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People in England are suffering from mental health problems due to the housing crisis in England, recent research suggests.  

Research for the charity Shelter suggests that housing shortages are causing mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, sleep problems, depression, panic attacks and even suicide.

Data were collected by polling company ComRes via online interviews of 3,509 adults across England. Around a third of those interviewed reported experiencing housing problems in the last five years, and mental health issues were common among this group.

Most frequently reported were stress (64%), anxiety (60%) and sleep problems (55%). Symptoms such as hair loss, nausea, exhaustion, dizzy spells and headaches were also cited.

Shelter's legal adviser, Liz Clare, said: ‘We hear from people at breaking point because they can no longer cope with their unstable, unliveable...