Relief for some mental health conditions in certain populations could be in the hands of government officials, according to Dainius Pūras, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on health.
“Inequality is a key obstacle to mental health globally,” he says in his new report, presented in Geneva on Monday.
The report argues government measures that place financial burdens on citizens, reinforce inequality, and do not address job insecurity pose negative effects on people’s mental health. As a result, addressing inequality and discrimination could be more effective in improving some mental health conditions than therapy and medication, Pūras told the Guardian in a recent interview.
“Many risk factors for poor mental health are closely associated with inequalities in the conditions of daily life. Many risk factors are also linked to the corrosive impact of seeing life as something unfair,” the report continues.
Read the full article about fighting poverty and inequality for better mental health by Gabrielle Deonath at Global Citizen.
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