The Impact of Poverty.edited.docx - Running head MENTAL...

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 8 pages.

Running head: MENTAL HEALTH 1 The Impact of Poverty, Discrimination, and Inequality on Mental Health Name: Institution Date:
MENTAL HEALTH 2 Introduction The realm of health entails a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being thus it's not characterized by the absence of disease. Mental health entails a state of psychological illness. There are various aspects that might result in the development of mental conditions from biological, social and physical aspects in the environment. The paper aims at evaluating the impact of social factors on the realm of mental health where poverty, discrimination, and inequality indicate a great aspect of influencing the mental health of an individual. From various reports such as the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S., the three aspects indicate a great probability of resulting in mental depression which impacts on the mental health of the individual. Poverty Poverty is defined as the lack of sufficient income in enabling a household in the provision of the basic necessities in life that are consistent with the norms of life. Individuals living within the realm of poverty the probability of developing mental depression is twice that as compared to those left outside the realm of poverty. First and foremost the attainment of a job is a difficult realm which might result in the engagement in illegal activities with the aim of fending for the family setting. The realm of illegal activities is characterized by the notion of traumatic events such as gun violence which increases the level of mental depression on the personality thus impacting the realm of mental health. The involvement in illegal activities also results in the escalation of low self-esteem based thus feelings of humiliation and shame which impacts on the level of depression on the personality (Belle & Doucet, 2003). Other than the working realm the domain of poverty entails the inability to access affordable housing which increases the risk of an individual of homelessness. The increased risk of homeless in turn
MENTAL HEALTH 3 increases the risk of an individual in developing mental depression thus impacting on the individual’s mental health. The realm of poverty not only entails the involvement of only adults in illegal activities but it also introduces children to the field of depression at an early age. Families that are unable to fend for themselves results in early involvement of children within the working realm. Children assume a caring responsibility an aspect that impacts on their educational experience that is from attendance and participation. Instead of recognition of the schooling realm as a sense of refuge in alleviating the various levels of distress in the family setting, it adds on to the level of distress on the child. This results in increased difficulties within the school setting from late arrival, failure of completion of assignments on time and behavioral issues such as difficulty in developing friendships (Belle & Doucet, 2003). This might result to the child dropping out from

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture