The Mental Health Conversation We Need to be Having

Updated: Feb 15

Almost every mental health discussion currently revolves around individual experience. From symptoms to diagnosis, education, and medication, the primary focus has been on how to mitigate a mental health disorder once it has manifested. But what about the factors responsible for the rising number of mental health disorders? What if the social determinants of mental health—unaffordable housing, low financial compensation, job insecurity, a lack of benefits, social programs, and inequality—are also to blame? You might have heard that 'mental health does not discriminate', but that may not be entirely true.

Throughout history, there have been three prominent theories of the origin of mental illness: supernatural, somatogenic (arising from the body), and psychogenic (arising from the mind). This article will be talking about a fourth: the social determinants of mental health (arising from the environment).