Socio-Political Factors Essay

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SOCIO-POLITICAL FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE MENTAL HEALTH

This essay is about my involvement with the management of care and the impact of social and political issues relating to social exclusion that contributes to a client mental illness. There are numerous interrelated social and political factors that influence mental health; these include unemployment, prejudice, housing, media influences, stigma and discrimination. Percy- Smith (2000) defined social exclusion as a ‘shorthand label for what can happen when individuals or areas suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health and family breakdown’. The name of the client and others including
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She wants something to engage her that will make her productive, fulfilled and satisfied with her time. Sophie sees working as an empowerment to improve her life; she said “I want to work, I want to be myself, and I do not want to depend on my parents for up keep. I want a better life”. Strack et al (2007) stated “empowerment focuses attention on the degree of direct control. Individuals can assume over their own lives and improvements in quality of life. Empowerment has been associated with gains in self confidence, social support, self-esteem, quality of life and the development of skills in a variety of areas”. Sophie wants a good quality life. She wants to have a job, get married and settle with her family, but her current situation is an obstacle to her. Sophie said “I want to improve my life and keep going with life”.
Repper (2000) stated that “there is a strong relationship between unemployment and the development of mental health problems”. He went further by saying that “the high rates of unemployment among people with mental illness are thought to be associated more with social factors than with the disabilities of the illness itself”. Furthermore, there is a rise in the number of people visiting mental health professionals, apparently due to the recent economic downturn. Corrigan et al (2007) indicated

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