Understanding and dealing with stress
Providing effective treatment and support for mental distress is a stated government aim. Within low-income communities, use of antidepressant medication is relatively high, but current strategies tend to frame mental distress as an individual psychological problem, rather than addressing the factors that are often the root causes of suffering.
Against a background of health-service cuts and on-going welfare reform, this interdisciplinary research project examines:
- why and how people’s ability to cope with poverty-related issues e.g. social isolation, unemployment, poor housing, has become increasingly pathologised
- how high levels of antidepressant prescribing and use are impacting on people’s health and wellbeing in low-income communities in South West England.
Project time frame: November 2016 – April 2019