20 December 2016
ACE attends reception at the House of Commons
The Assertive Contact and Engagement (ACE) Service
recently attended a reception at the House of Commons to launch a
piece of research as part of St Mungo's Stop the Scandal campaign -
a response to the increasing number of individuals sleeping rough
who also have mental health problems.
Two service users representatives, along with Paul Sargent, ACE
service manager, and Paul Hudson, regional head of St Mungo's, were
invited to represent ACE, as the service was highlighted as an
example of good practice in a report about the campaign. ACE works
with individuals who may experience difficulty accessing mainstream
mental health services, including people who may be at risk of
homelessness or who are sleeping rough.
ACE's service user representatives spoke to ministers and peers
about their experiences and viewpoints regarding homelessness and
"It was a very productive day. I felt listened to and had very
positive interactions with people," says service user
Statistics released by the Stop the Scandal campaign have
highlighted that four in 10 of those sleeping rough also experience
a mental health problem. In addition, those sleeping rough who have
a mental health problem has a tendency to remain on the streets for
a longer period of time. As part of the Stop the Scandal campaign,
St Mungo's clients have written to Jeremy Hunt MP, secretary of
state for health, asking for a meeting to explain to him just how
urgently specialist mental health services for people sleeping
rough are needed. He has yet to reply to this.
St Mungo's is encouraging people to send an email to Jeremy
Hunt MP, asking him to meet with a group of people who are on the
road to recovery and have real experiences of sleeping rough with
mental health problems.