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Marginalised communities and mental health

Lead by: Stephani Hatch and Hanna Kienzler

This programme investigates how marginalised individuals and communities experience issues that impact on mental health over time.

We know that mental health problems are more common in certain communities, like those on low incomes, young people, LGBTQ+, refugees, migrants and ethnic minority groups. In these contexts, challenges can include:

  • persistent uncertain employment and financial insecurity
  • discriminatory societal responses 
  • housing insecurity
  • other forms of stress, such as violence and trauma 

Experiences of discrimination amongst migrants and minority ethnic groups living in such communities may have more pronounced effects on mental health in the current social and political environment which compound social exclusion.

In partnership with these individuals and communities most affected, we examine how, through small-scale and often neighbourhood generated practices, individuals and communities build resilience in these challenging conditions.