Inequality and Mental Health

Americans now recognize inequality as one of the greatest challenges we face. While the news often focuses on the obvious aspects of inequality, such as large disparities in income and wealth, inequality has more hidden, but just as insidious, impacts on other critical aspects of the lives of millions. Although mental health and mental illness are shaped by a complex array of biological, genetic, environmental, behavioral, and social factors, studies have shown that inequality often exacerbates and extends serious problems. On this episode, we look at inequality’s wide-ranging effects on mental health-and whether there might be ways to reverse the damage. Featuring Alisa Lincoln, an interdisciplinary Professor of Health Sciences and Sociology and the Director of the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research at Northeastern University.

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