Mental Health

As a Social Determinant of Health

Introduction

  • 57.7 million people a year, or 1 in every 4 Americans, are diagnosed with a mental illness
  • A symbol that is resolute to many survivors of public health is the Mental Health Bell

Mental Health Disparities

  • "Mental health disparities refer to the disproportionate amount of psychopathology found among persons of disadvantageous social standing, such as persons of low socioeconomic status (SES)." -Carol S. Aneshensel
  • We need to clearly define mental health disorders
  • Provider need to treat mental health with the same care as other diseases
  • Remove the stigma associated with mental health
  • Appropriate services are available