Mental health

We understand that poor mental health can lead to homelessness and people with mental health problems can sometimes find it difficult to secure and maintain good quality accommodation.

Through day-to-day support our clients are able to stabilise their lives and begin the journey towards recovery.

For some this may mean feeling content and well, while others may want to live the best life they can while dealing with the every-day symptoms of their condition.

We help people by encouraging them to think about their strengths and abilities, and the changes they can make in their lives to take control, reach their goals and achieve improved mental wellbeing.

We help people to work towards achieving their personal goals at their own pace. As our client's needs change, the level of support they receive from us can be adapted to match.

A typical journey through a mental health supported housing scheme

All our mental health services provide personalised support and different people will pursue different routes to achieve their independent living goals. The below is a representation of how someone newly diagnosed with autism moves on to one route to independent living with our support. 


1.) Move in to a  mental health supported housing scheme

2.) You have choice and control over your support

3.) There's a lot to get involved in - you start to settle in

You've just been diagnosed with autism and, after being referred by the district council, you've moved into a supported housing scheme. Here you'll receive help to develop the skills you need to live independently. You have your own apartment, though at some supported housing schemes you have to share a house but have your own bedroom.



typical supported housing scheme bedroom

One of the first things you'll be doing with your support worker is a needs assessment: this  focuses on what skills you need to develop through a personalised support plan to help you make small steps to achieve bigger goals. Settling into supported housing feels scary at first, with unfamiliar surroundings seeming intimidating.



staff and resident working together on a computer

Looking out of the window you see staff and residents tending to fresh fruit and veg in the scheme's garden to use in preparing their own meals later on. You visit the communal lounge and see other residents are sharing their thoughts on the service in a feedback session. Although you find it hard to talk with them right now, this is something your support worker will help you to overcome and in time, you'll be able to join them and get involved.

Staff and residents working in the garden

4.) One month later…

5.) Two years later...

6.) Living independently

Now comfortable in your new home and with other residents, you've got to know a few people and are beginning to make friends thanks to shared interests. Your support worker speaks to you about these interests and where you want to go from here. You now also have the option to look into a variety of opportunities including academic or vocational qualifications, volunteering placements, work experience, or see if there are any suitable job vacancies.


resident and staff talking in a supported housing scheme

Over the past couple of years, you've taken a catering course and now work as an assistant in a local restaurant thanks to the opportunities you've been given. You feel comfortable enough to look at move-on accommodation. There will be some adjustment; you will once again be dealing with a new home and feel anxious, but you're heading in the right direction.


a member of staff cooking in a soup kitchen

This isn't the end of your support journey. You'll continue to receive 'floating support' where a support worker visits you in your home to help with your transition to independent living. During your time with Sanctuary, you've been able to overcome your social anxiety, get back into the world of work and pick up the independent living skills you need to thrive.


Resident and staff sat at a table together

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