A Brief Note On Poverty And Mental Health Essay

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Poverty and Mental Health Poverty affects us all in society because money can cause all different types of types of stress. Some of the subjects I will be going over are how mental illness can be a contributing factor to poverty, drug addictions and the solutions I think would assist with these illnesses as well as employment opportunities that are diminished because of addictions and mental disorders. Sometimes this stress can lead to a mental disorder or in some cases addictions depending on how one manages their financial stress. Stress can lead to mental disorders. The percentages range from 30 to 40 percent of homeless individuals that suffer from a mental illness. “Sociological research from as far back as the 1030`s has found that the mental health of the lower class is worse than that of the higher class” (Faris and Dunham 1939; Srole et al 2011). Mental health plays a large part in the everyday life of those who live in poverty and are suffering from mental illness have difficulty to function when they do not have the medications need to function in society. Part of this issue is not having a stable income to afford medications and treatment. Once an individual is homeless and living in poverty the employers make it close to impossible for them to find a job this can be due to their mental illness or the fact they do not have the qualifications most employers require. This can be extremely discouraging for those that want to make money to afford shelter and food.

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