Multiple Disadvantage Day aims to reduce the stigma experienced by some of the most disadvantaged and forgotten about people in society, and encourages members of the public to #seethefullpicture.

Get involved by:

Seeing the full picture

Attending events

Connecting with a project

Joining the conversation

Multiple Disadvantage Day - What is Multiple Disadvantage? - Question

What is Multiple Disadvantage?

Multiple Disadvantage is when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending behaviour and/or mental ill health at the same time. People facing this complex mix of challenges are also sometimes victims of domestic abuse, are likely to have poor physical health, may be sex-working and may be in debt.

The severity and complexity of a person’s problems means they are often turned away from the very services that are set up to help them, because their behaviour is seen as too challenging. This means people with the most severe problems are even further excluded.

People die because their problems are so severe and because the right help isn’t always available.

Getting the right help

Quite often, organisations offer support for one problem, but difficulties arise when there are two or three issues to deal with. Should one organisation take the lead?

For example, it can be hard to get the support needed if you have mental ill health and are addicted to drink or drugs. Mental health services won’t support people until they are clean or sober. But drinking or taking drugs is a way of getting through each day, a way of surviving. Without them, you might crumble.

Imagine how hard it might be to solve this kind of dilemma if you are also homeless, or in and out of prison.

Where do you turn first for help? Who will help you?

The person seeking help often doesn’t know which way to turn for the best, and ends up being pushed from one service to another and eventually dropping out of ‘the system’ altogether.

Multiple Disadvantage Day - Getting the right help - Barrier
Multiple Disadvantage Day - Recovery - People Tap Back


With the right help people can and do recover, meaning they are able to live fulfilled lives within their community.

Who is behind #seethefullpicture?

This campaign has been created by 12 projects across England that form the Fulfilling Lives Programme: Supporting People with Complex Needs, and it has been fully informed by people who have or are currently facing complex needs.

Staff, volunteers and beneficiaries worked alongside each other, sharing knowledge and learning.

There was no them and us. Just us. And we want you to join us and show your support.