The World Health Organisation defines social determinants of health as the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The distribution of money influences these conditions, power and resources operating at global, national and local levels.1
Increasingly, it is recognised that these conditions impact mental (as well as physical) health. Recent research highlights how life circumstances can determine mental health and create inequalities between societies and communities.2,3
- WHO. What are social determinants of health? Retrieved from who.int/social_determinants/sdh_definition/en/ [Accessed 26/08/16].
- Friedli, L. (2009). Mental health, resilience and inequalities. WHO Europe. Retrieved from euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/100821/E92227.pdf [Accessed 26/08/16].
- Marmot, M., Allen, J., Goldblatt, P., Boyce, T., McNeish, D., Grady, M., & Geddes, I. (2010). Fair society, healthy lives: Strategic review of health inequalities in England post 2010. Retrieved from instituteofhealthequity.org/projects/fair-society-healthy-lives-the-marmot-review [Accessed 07/11/16].