Tuesday, June 22News For London

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Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Shame and sickness on the streets: the state of mental and physical health

Health, Medical
Homelessness has more than doubled since 2010, with over 7,600 sleeping rough in London at some point in 2015. But what are the long-term physical and mental health problems facing our increasing homeless population? A man in dress shoes swears violently at me as he trips, standing heavily on my leg. I sit up straighter in my sleeping bag. Outside Moorgate station, it’s 7.56pm on a bitterly cold Friday evening: my sixth hour of homelessness lies just ahead. Around me, smartly dressed Londoners make their way from stressful city jobs to upmarket cocktail bars. I can hear the chatter of the end of a hard week’s work. Sat with my head down, someone tosses a pound coin into my lap and mutters something about a sandwich. I am not hungry, and I am not homeless. The pound, and any like