Equinox care have previously piloted a dual diagnosis tool in Brighton, alongside a year long street drinking research project. The tool aimed to help recognise drinkers with a hidden mental health conditions and also to collect raw data on the number of street drinkers in Brighton, their housing situation and improvements made or potential gaps in services.
"This work is revealing how many people Equinox are working with who have hidden mental ill health, often related to unresolved childhood trauma or abuse. This can lead to people self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.
The screening tool also allows Equinox to refer individuals into clinical services much more effectively and over time will reveal the extent of the dual diagnosis problem in the street community."