The South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study is an epidemiological cohort study based in Lambeth and Southwark that is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London; The Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and the Economic and Social Research Council.
SELCoH Phase 1 aimed to provide locally relevant prevalence estimates of common mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, as well as screen for less common psychiatric outcomes such as eating disorders and psychosis.
SELCoH Phase 2 aimed to examine the roles of historical social context and policy in shaping observed patterns of health inequalities; to investigate the differences in anticipated and perceived experiences of discrimination; and to investigate the contribution of discrimination to inequalities in social functioning, common mental disorders, physical functioning, and health service use.
SELCoH Phase 3 provides a further biomedical follow up of the sample. This allows us to understand how stress and low mood are related to biological responses such as inflammation, HPA reactivity and cardiovascular outcomes, for which high quality population data are sparse.