How Mental Health Affects Society

how mental health affects society

Mental health is a critical component of societal well-being. It influences cognition, perception and behavior and determines how an individual deals with stress, interpersonal relationships and decision-making.

The global scale of mental health problems is immense, with a staggering one in four people suffering from a mental illness at any given time. This is a crisis which affects individuals, families and societies alike.

Social Inequalities

Social inequalities are a major problem that affects mental health. They can include differences in access to opportunities and resources, as well as differences in status, power, and social capital.

Inequalities also affect how people feel about themselves and their lives. They can lead to stress, depression, and anxiety.

Many people, including children and adolescents, develop beliefs about how disparities in access to resources or opportunities between social groups came to be. These beliefs can be based on cultural values, authority, and tradition.

They can also be influenced by personal experiences or beliefs. For example, some people may believe that they have more opportunities because of their social position or gender.

Having these beliefs can prevent people from recognizing the true causes of inequalities. Moreover, these beliefs can be rooted in their own identities, and they can make them more likely to blame others for inequalities. This can lead to a cycle of social exclusion and inequality.

Political Change

In a society, political change can affect the way people work, live, study and interact. It can also have effects on a country’s culture and values. It can be caused by changes in a country’s rulers, by the political system itself, by economic crisis, or by external factors such as war and revolutions.

Regardless of the cause, political change can have detrimental effects on mental health in society. It may lead to a decrease in social support and increase in anxiety, depression, or traumatic stress among a large population of citizens.

In many nations, partisan conflict is a significant issue that drives calls for political reform. In Sweden, for example, nearly half of those who see partisan conflict say their political system needs major changes or should be completely overhauled.

Society’s Social Policies

Societies have many social policies to help people live healthy and happy lives. They cover a range of different areas, from housing to education and wealth redistribution.

Some social policies are designed to benefit one group of people, while others aim to support all members of society. These can include policies that encourage women to have children and work or that promote home ownership, for example.

These policies can be used to address a wide range of social problems, such as poverty, homelessness, and inequality. They can also help to protect people from violence and trauma.

These policies are implemented by governments and can have a big impact on mental health. They can improve people’s access to healthcare and other services, and reduce income inequality. They can also increase employment rates and encourage people to get involved in their communities.


Various types of discrimination affect the mental health of individuals and society as a whole. These include racism, sexism, ageism and physical appearance discrimination.

Direct Discrimination: This type of discrimination involves an agent treating you differently than someone else because of your membership in a group. This can be difficult to prove because you have to show that the agent has a reason to treat you badly and that this reason is connected with your disability.

Indirect Discrimination: This form of discrimination does not require a reason for discriminating against you. Instead, it may be caused by a person’s perception of your situation.

A recent study found that discrimination increases a person’s risk of receiving a diagnosis of a mental illness and developing psychological distress. Specifically, those who experienced frequent discrimination were 25 percent more likely to receive a mental health diagnosis and twice as likely to develop psychological distress than people who had no or infrequent discrimination experiences.