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The Mental Health Benefits of Quality Accommodation

A lack of good quality housing remains an ongoing issue in our society. Not having access to an acceptable standard of living accommodation inevitably impacts upon mental health and overall wellbeing. Quality housing goes beyond simply providing shelter - it means residing in a space which supports and nurtures our emotional and psychological needs. Backed by research and real-life examples, here we delve into the positive impact quality accommodation can have upon four key areas of wellbeing, evidencing the ways in which good quality homes can function as havens which nurture our mental and overall wellbeing. 

Reduced Stress and Anxiety 

Living in good quality accommodation can significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels. Research by Evans, Wells, and Moch (2003) demonstrates that well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing environments have a positive impact on psychological wellbeing. When we reside in a clean, organised, and secure living space, we experience fewer stressors, allowing us to relax and unwind. The absence of safety concerns and disarray can contribute to a greater sense of control over our surroundings, leading to reduced anxiety and enhanced mental wellbeing. 

"The absence of safety concerns and disarray can contribute to a greater sense of control over our surroundings, leading to reduced anxiety and enhanced mental wellbeing."

Enhanced Sleep Quality 

Quality accommodation plays a pivotal role in promoting restful sleep, which is crucial for mental health. Inadequate housing conditions, such as noise pollution, uncomfortable bedding, and poor insulation, can disrupt sleep patterns and have detrimental effects on mental wellbeing (Gonzalez and Tyminski, 2020). Conversely, well-designed and properly maintained living spaces support healthy sleep habits. A peaceful and comfortable bedroom, free from external disturbances, promotes better sleep quality, resulting in improved cognitive function, emotional regulation, and overall mental wellbeing.

Social Connectedness and Support


Quality accommodation can foster social connectedness and support, which are essential for good mental health. Living in a supportive community and having access to communal spaces encourages social interaction and a sense of belonging. Riva et al (2022) highlight the positive impact of community-based housing initiatives on mental health outcomes. Supportive housing environments provide opportunities for social support, creating a sense of community and reducing feelings of isolation. Such connections enhance mental wellbeing and decrease the risk of psychological distress.

Improved Access to Amenities and Resources 

Quality accommodation often provides better access to essential amenities and resources, contributing to enhanced mental wellbeing. Residing in a neighbourhood with adequate infrastructure, such as parks, healthcare services, and recreational facilities, can significantly improve quality of life. Research by Tsai, Tseng, and Wu (2008) demonstrates that access to neighbourhood amenities positively correlates with better mental health. Proximity to resources and recreational opportunities facilitates physical activity, social engagement, and a sense of community, all of which contribute to positive mental wellbeing.


The inextricable relationship between good quality accommodation and mental health and wellbeing can not be underestimated. A supportive and comfortable living environment reduces stress and anxiety, promotes restful sleep, fosters social connectedness, and provides access to essential amenities. By prioritising housing that encompasses these characteristics, we can create spaces that positively impact our mental health. Policy-makers, urban planners, and housing providers play a crucial role in ensuring that individuals and communities have access to quality accommodation that supports their wellbeing. Let us strive to create homes that nurture our mental health, allowing us to thrive and flourish in all aspects of our lives.


Riva, A., Rebecchi, A., Capolongo, S., & Gola, M. (2022). Can Homes Affect WellBeing? A Scoping Review among Housing Conditions, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Mental Health Outcomes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(23), 15975..

Evans, G. W., Wells, N. M., & Moch, A. (2003). Housing and mental health: A review of the evidence and a methodological and conceptual critique. Journal of Social Issues, 59(3), 475-500.

Gonzalez, A., & Tyminski, Q. (2020). Sleep deprivation in an American homeless population. Sleep health, 6(4), 489-494..

Kim, D. (2008). Blues from the neighborhood? Neighborhood characteristics and depression. Epidemiologic reviews, 30(1), 101-117.

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