Millions of people living in London are experiencing mental health illness because of housing problems, research has revealed..
A report by housing charity Shelter and ComRes showed 37 per cent of people in the capital have experienced long-term stress, anxiety and depression as a result of housing issues over their lifetime.
In some of the worst cases, people have suicidal thoughts.
Global Positioning System say some of their patients diagnosed with anxiety and depression is directly due to housing problems.
The charity is urging anyone who feels overwhelmed by housing problems to get help.
Dr Andrew Carr from London, who took part in the Shelter study, said: "I see how much housing is a problem in my work every day, and it's unusual for people not to have mental health burdens if they're in inadequate or unstable housing".
Showing how linked housing and mental health are, nationally the research concludes that 69 per cent of people with housing problems in the last five years such as poor conditions, struggling to pay the rent or being threatened with eviction, have reported a negative impact on their mental health.
Shelter legal adviser Liz Clare said: "From families in fear of falling further behind on the rent to people dealing with the misery of raising young children in a tiny, mouldy, freezing flat, people can feel completely overwhelmed".
"But getting advice and support for housing problems early can ease the pressure and stop things spiralling out of control".