In the UK, one in four adults and one in ten children experience some degree of mental health problem in any year, and mental disorders account for the largest single burden of disease (22.8%) as measured by disability adjusted life years. But these disorders are not spread equally through society: the degree of socioeconomic deprivation a person experiences is proportionally linked to the likelihood of their developing a mental disorder.

This chapter explores further:

The complex reasons for higher levels of mental health problems in areas of deprivation.

The link between mental health diagnosis and comorbidities.

Conditions (e.g. depression, PTSD, psychosis, personality disorder, the post-partum period) and their treatment, including suggestions for practice.