Homeless under care.Local authorities must do more to help people with mental health.
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My brother is 29, homeless and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He has been under the care of mental health services for the last 5 years and has received little support. He was admitted to Park Royal Mental Health centre and transferred to Early Intervention in Brent then Ealing. Whilst under the care of Early intervention he was offered support in the form of walking groups and had to one to one support from a number of care coordinators. He was told talking therapies such as counselling would be deferred until he got better and his housing issues were addressed. Nothing has been done. He still hasn't been housed, offered counselling and no longer receives support.
Since being with the Ealing Recovery Team West he has been allocated a care coordinator who tells him 'support is not in his job description'. His coordinator Amaechi Ughala from Ealing recovery west does not appear to be competent. He is hard to get hold of and does not respond to text messages. My brother , I and many other organisations have asked Amaechi Ughala to refer my brother to a social worker but he has failed to do so and failed to explain why he is not doing so.
The barrier to his support is the requirement to have a referral from a care coordinator; the same care coordinator who is absent and unable to guide my brother towards getting the support he is entitled too.
He is vulnerable and homeless. He wants to get back on his feet but cannot without the support of health professionals. I cannot lodge him in my house because I live in a studio bedsit and have no right to have tenants in my flat. I have contacted Ealing council's housing department with regards to bidding for a bigger place so I can house my brother with me and i was told there is no point as he will not be a priority under my application. My brother has got priority for housing. He is schizophrenic and receiving treatment so sleeping rough is not aiding his recovery.
The barrier to his support is the requirement to have a referral from a care coordinator; the same care coordinator who is absent and unable to guide my brother to support.
The request is for him to be housed and offered support that will aid him in his recovery. Other people with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia should have hands on support and not be left on the streets to find their own way.
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