Mental health support must be offered to affected residents.
A survey carried out by the UK Cladding Action Group (UKCAG) in June revealed the devastating mental health implications of the cladding crisis for residents of buildings with dangerous cladding.
Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are worryingly high (23%), while mental health problems are simply endemic: more than three-quarters (77.8%) of respondents said their mental health has been “hugely affected” by the cladding issues they face.
A total of 26.9% said they had received a new formal diagnosis since becoming embroiled in the cladding scandal, with 20.3% being diagnosed with anxiety disorders and 17.6% experiencing depression.
We are asking people to live in dangerous buildings long term with no way out and the prospect of crippling bills constantly hanging over their heads. The least we can do is make a formal offer of mental health support.
Originally posted in Inside Housing on 27/09/20 by Peter Apps
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