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Research shows a substantial rise in number of rough sleepers with mental health issues who have died on London’s streets.

A leading homelessness charity has called on the Prime Minister to take urgent action to prevent further deaths among homeless people, as damning figures reveal a substantial rise in the number of mentally ill rough sleepers who have died on London’s streets.

Shocking research from the homelessness charity St Mungo’s, shows that 80% of rough sleepers who died on London’s streets in 2017 had mental health issues, compared to 29% in 2010.

St Mungo’s says the startling figure should serve as a wake up call for Theresa May’s Government, describing a lack in specialist mental health services as a “scandal” that needs to be recognised and urgently acted upon.

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