To begin, a large issue for
people dealing with mental health is their social stratification and
limitations. Although socioeconomic status and having a disability are not
directly connected, they have an indirect association with each other because
they are both permanent status’s, and in most cases cannot be changed or
altered. It has been shown that there is a direct connection between people
with a low socioeconomic status and mental health. Individuals who are
considered to be “low class” are typified by their income, living situations,
lack of education, etc. People who are homeless with no family, or are part of
a low-income family would not be able to just “snap out” of their mental
illness, as that is there lifestyle and what they have to deal with everyday. Many
centers explain that people who live in poverty are more likely to deal with
discrimination against social exclusion, education and employment, which is a
large contributing factor to mental health. Individuals of lower class families
have higher stress levels and rely greater on financial support, are more
likely to have prevalence of mental health. Substance abuse is more dominant among
the individuals from lower class and these people require a safe and healthy
home however; the government of Canada is struggling with spending the
appropriate amount of money of affordable housing for people of lower class.
Not having a secure home is a main component to anyone’s life and this is
becoming very problematic for these citizens. A study by Statistics Canada from the
2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey shows that “27% percent of
people in Ontario with “emotional” disabilities live with low income compared
to people with other types of disabilities (10%) and people who did not report
having disabilities (11%).” (OHRC. n.d. para 2.) The link between having a low
socioeconomic status and mental health is most commonly connected to the low
income and idea of poverty that people have of them. Many places are less
likely to accommodate for their needs, which is a problem in Canada especially
that just contributes to people’s mental health. Children with disabilities are an easy
target for bully’s to pick on. Studies show that “children with disabilities
are 2 to 3 times more likely to be bullied and 60% of students of students with disabilities reported
being bullied, compared to 25% of students in general.” (n.a. October 26th,
2016. para 3). Individuals that have a physical disability are more likely to
de disclosed from many activities and as a result they are more likely to
suffer from a mental illness such as depression. Many people who do have a
disability suffer from low self-esteem, which leads to depression or anxiety.
The correlation between having a disability and mental health is a result of
others degrading their appearance or limitations making them feel worthless or
helpless. In situations such as this, an individual would not be able to just
“snap out” of their mental illness, not matter how hard they try.