Previously thought to be a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder has been recognised as an independent mental health condition since 2013.
Research indicates that 5% of the population have a hording disorder but only 5% of these come to the attention of professionals.
The average age of the onset of hoarding disorder is 19 however the average age of those seeking help is 59. As hoarding increases with age and correlates to poor quality of life and poor health conditions there is huge collateral damage to the individual, those around them and the accommodation they live in. Hoarding disorder raises important issues for housing providers relating to safeguarding, health and safety, wellbeing and asset management as providers navigate between support and enforcement.
Throughout February and March 2015 the National Housing Federation and Sitra ran a series of regional events bringing together academics, clinicians, statutory agencies and housing providers to identify best practice in providing services to those impacted by hoarding. The presentations from these events can be found to the right of this page.
Sitra has developed a suite of in-house consultancy specifically for the housing sector on dealing with the impact of hoarding including hoarding awareness briefings, training for frontline practioners to provide effective responses and a masterclass in developing a strategy and protocols.
Thank you to all who participated in the highly sucessful set of events through February and March 2015!