Mental health statistics: social determinants

The World Health Organisation  defines social determinants of health as the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These conditions are influenced by the distribution of money, 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 the extent to which life circumstances can determine mental health and create inequalities between societies and communities.2,3

Groups who experience inequalities due to social determinants

Discover the statsitics behind the mental health of groups who experience inequalities due to societal factors with our dedicated statistics pages:

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups

Refugees and asylum seekers

People with learning disabilities

People with a physical health problem

LGBT people


Domestic violence


Substance misuse

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  1. WHO. What are social determinants of health? Retrieved from [Accessed 26/08/16].
  2. Friedli, L. (2009). Mental health, resilience and inequalities. WHO Europe. Retrieved from [Accessed 26/08/16].
  3. 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 [Accessed 07/11/16].