Mental health statistics: poverty
A growing body of evidence, mainly from high-income countries, has shown that there is a strong socioeconomic gradient in mental health, with people of lower socioeconomic status having a higher likelihood of developing and experiencing mental health problems. 1 Children and adults living in households in the lowest 20% income bracket in Great Britain are two to three times more likely to develop mental health problems than those in the highest. 2 In 2004, evidence from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey found that the prevalence of severe mental health problems was around three...
Mental health and poverty
Iris Elliott on the cyclical link between poverty and mental ill health and what we can do about it.
Tackling poverty and mental health – what we know and what we can do10 August 2016,
Poverty is both a cause and consequence of mental ill health. Iris Elliott explores the links.
Poverty and mental health10 August 2016
Our paper looks at the complex relationship between poverty and mental health to inform the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's anti-poverty strategy.