MEN IN THE UK ARE 9 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO END UP SLEEPING ROUGH

• There are still thousands of rough sleepers in the UK and around 90% of them are men

• Homeless men die 30 years earlier than the rest of the population living to an average age of 47

• They are four times more likely to die from unnatural causes, such as accidents, assaults, murder, drugs or alcohol poisoning

• Rough sleepers are 35 times more likely to kill themselves than the general population

• Eight out of ten participants have one or more physical health need

• Seven out of ten have one or more mental health need

What type of men end up sleeping rough? Those most at risk include:

• Men whose relationship with their partner or family has broken down

• Men who are victims of physical or sexual abuse

• Men who are unemployed

• Men with drug or alcohol problems

• Men who were in the care system

• Men who have had contact with the criminal justice system

• Men who lack a social support network

• Men with mental health problems

• Men who lack a social support network

• Men with learning disabilities

• Men with educational needs (eg difficulty reading, difficulty with numeracy, managing money and paying bills)

SOURCES: Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Nursing, Crisis, St Mungos, The Guardian

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