There is strong evidence on the relationship between housing and health, although the causal effects can be difficult to unpick. Further information in this section is framed around the following headings:
In general, the evidence on the relationship between housing and physical aspects of health (such as the link between damp homes and respiratory conditions) is more well-established than the evidence on mental wellbeing impacts. 1 However, there is growing evidence of the effects of poor housing conditions on increasing stress and feelings of disempowerment and loss of control, all of which have clear links with mental health outcomes.
Figure 1 provides a simplified overview of the various links between housing and health, highlighting the four main housing-related ‘drivers’ of health covered here as described in the introduction.
Figure 1: The links between housing and health
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, “‘Mental health and wellbeing – key issues’,” [Online] Available at http://www.cieh-housing-and-health-resource.co.uk/references. [Accessed April 2016].