MENTAL HEALTH AND POVERTY
Let’s deal with poverty and how it exposes one to mental health issues. Poverty is one of the most significant social determinants of health and mental health, intersecting with all other determinants, including education, local social and community conditions, race/ethnicity, gender, immigration status, health and access to health care, neighborhood factors, and the built environment (eg, homes, buildings, streets, parks infrastructure).
The mental health effects of poverty are wide ranging and reach across the lifespan.
Individuals who experience poverty, particularly early in life or for an extended period, are at risk of a host of adverse health and developmental outcomes through their life. Poverty in childhood is associated with lower school achievement; worse cognitive, behavioral, and attention-related outcomes; higher rates of delinquency, depressive and anxiety disorders; and higher rates of almost every psychiatric disorder in adulthood.
Poverty in adulthood is linked to depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychological distress, and suicide. The poor experience emotions of inadequacy, low self esteem, some do despicable things just to get by. Sadly we, treat them with contempt as though they are contagious, we avoid their slums, we avoid buying from them or employing them. We treat them as second class human beings…people without a future
This causes psychological torture slowly breaking them to pieces and very few make it from the snares of poverty of gangs, drugs, crime, rape, uneducation, diseases, malnutrition etc.
The laws of momentum work against them. Poverty breads more poverty just as wealth creates more wealth hence the saying the poor get poorer while the rich grow richer.. most wealthy people are considered a blessing while the poor are considered a curse..
This subject them to more negative emotions of despair and hopelessness. Let’s stop the stigma, the poor are gifted and talented, let’s reach out to them, let’s remember they are human beings like us, let’s understand that we could be them, we did nothing to God to deserve plenty, if anything God has blessed us to share with them.. it’s time to care
Wakili Tom Rasto
Lawyer and Psychologist
Director Rauka Afrika