Health inequalities manifesto 2018

People living in the least deprived areas of England live around 20 years longer in good physical and mental health than people in the most deprived areas.

Tackling and reducing health inequalities means giving everyone the same opportunities to lead a mentally and physically healthy life, no matter where they live and who they are.

Certain population subgroups are at higher risk of mental health problems because of greater exposure and vulnerability to unfavourable social, economic, and environmental circumstances. These intersect with factors such as gender, ethnicity and disability, in many cases with devastating consequences for individuals and their families.

Factors that can lead to mental health inequalities

  • Material inequality - poverty, poor housing, lack of employment opportunities.
  • Social inequality and injury - stigma and discrimination or experiences related to:
    • living in care
    • immigration status
    • ethnicity
    • sexual orientation
    • disability
    • experience of violence or abuse.
  • Health inequality - including having long-term physical health conditions.

Our manifesto presents the individual and local actions that can be applied to address mental health inequalities in England. We advocate particular approaches and interventions to reduce the risk factors underpinning inequalities and applying these proportionately across the social gradient.

We would like to see the following five priorities championed locally in all parts of England:

  1. Healthy children.
  2. Healthy minds.
  3. Healthy places.
  4. Healthy communities.
  5. Healthy habits.

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As we work towards our vision of a world with good mental health for all, we need to influence government policy at all levels to ensure it makes for a mentally healthy society. We can't do this without your help - please consider a donation today.

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