When it’s easier to get meds than therapy: how poverty makes it hard to escape mental illness
Jul 12, 2019
The Conversation released an article last week titled, "When it’s easier to get meds than therapy: how poverty makes it hard to escape mental illness". The article highlights the impact of socio-economic factors on mental health and in particular research which shows that people who record “very high” levels of psychological distress are more likely to come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Medication prescribed for mental health concerns is most effective when used in conjunction with therapy, however research shows the people from higher socioeconomic backgrounds are accessing psychological support at higher levels versus those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, despite research showing that this group may be more in need of support. This may be due to a range of different factors including access to services and paying out of pocket fees.