Mental Illness

Mental illness covers a group of conditions which make it very difficult for those affected to cope with everyday life.

The most common examples are depression and anxiety; schizophrenia; bipolar affective disorder (manic depression) and dementia.

Causes are complex and often unclear. Research indicates major risk factors include: poverty; poor education; unemployment; social isolation stemming from discrimination due to physical disabilities; major life events such as bereavement, redundancy, debt and crime; drug and alcohol misuse; poor parenting; genetic predisposition and foetal damage.

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