GP: “Poverty is at the heart of the mental health crisis”

Dr Maureen Tilford and Rev Paul Nicolson write on the Guardian letters page: “There has been a massive increase in calls to the Metropolitan Police involving mental health problems, with as many as one every five minutes.

“Psychiatric conditions not only occur at higher rates in the poorest areas, but also cluster together, usually in disintegrating inner-city communities… Poverty can be both a cause and a consequence of poor mental health.

“Poverty and social inequality have direct and indirect effects on the social, mental and physical wellbeing of an individual. It is clear that poverty and inequality are closely linked and that income inequality produces psychosocial stress.”

[Read full letters on Guardian website…]