SOCIOECONOMIC DETERMINANTS OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE: A REVIEW AND CONCEPTUAL SOLUTIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

Authors

  • Chinyere Assumpta Onyenwe Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Chinyere Onwumere Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba. (ABSUTH), Nigeria
  • Ifeoma Pamela Odilibe Independent Researcher, Houston, Texas, USA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i3.966

Abstract

The review provides a concise summary of the outlined paper on Socioeconomic Determinants of Mental Health and Substance Use, focusing on a review of relevant factors and proposing conceptual solutions for public health policy. This paper examines the intricate relationship between socioeconomic determinants and mental health, as well as substance use disorders, emphasizing their significant impact on individuals' well-being and the broader public health landscape. Through a comprehensive review, it elucidates how factors such as income, education, employment, and housing conditions shape patterns of mental health outcomes and substance use behaviors. The analysis underscores the pervasive influence of socioeconomic disparities, highlighting the disproportionate burden borne by marginalized communities. Low income, limited educational opportunities, unstable employment, and inadequate housing are identified as critical determinants exacerbating mental health issues and fostering substance use vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the paper offers conceptual solutions for public health policy aimed at addressing these socioeconomic determinants. It advocates for multifaceted approaches that target systemic inequalities, including income support programs, accessible education initiatives, strengthened mental health services, and comprehensive substance use prevention and treatment strategies. Emphasizing the importance of supportive housing environments, the proposed solutions prioritize holistic interventions that address the root causes of mental health disparities and substance use challenges. This paper underscores the imperative for policymakers to prioritize socioeconomic equity in crafting effective public health policies. By addressing the underlying determinants outlined herein, policymakers can foster a more inclusive and resilient society, where individuals have equitable access to resources and opportunities for optimal mental health and well-being.

Keywords: Socioeconomic, Mental Health, Substance Use, Public Health, Policy, Review

Published

2024-03-28

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