What are the social determinants of mental health?

Social, economic, and environmental factors that influence mental health, shaped by socio-political and cultural context, for example inequality, social exclusion, socioeconomic status, housing, educational attainment, community deprivation, and discrimination (WHO, 2014).


  • Qualitative systematic review
  • Search terms: "social determinants of mental health" and terms relating to "therapy" or "counselling"
  • Search for existing literature on 5 databases: PsycInfo, ASSIA, CINAHL Plus, Science Direct, and Web of Science
  • Quality assessment using QuADS (Harrison et al., 2021)
  • Thematic synthesis used to analyse eligible studies (Thomas & Harden, 2008)

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