Poverty and Mental Health

In this week's podcast I talk about the connection between Poverty and Mental Health and the role workplaces can play in supporting staff. Continue Reading Poverty and Mental Health

Welcome to the 177th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. We’ve had two great kick-off episodes with Maya Kalaria and Dan Ram, now we have a mini-series on poverty and mental health for the rest of January. 

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On today’s show on Poverty and Mental Health

  • Why I chose to cover this topic right now. [00:55]
  • The ways in which poverty can be defined. [01:17]
  • Why we need to consider the idea of absolute and relative poverty. [03:34]
  • How poverty is measured in the UK and the challenges with this. [05:54]
  • Research that links poverty and mental ill health together [10.15]
  • What workplaces can do to tackle in-work poverty. [13:48]

Quotes on Poverty and Mental Health

  • Poverty refers to lacking enough resources to provide the necessities of life.
  • Absolute poverty refers to people whose incomes fall below a line set by a given country.
  • Having a really awful manager and awful circumstances around you at work can cause mental ill health.
  • Employment status is linked to mental health outcomes and redundancy is a reason for suicide.
  • Now if people want flexible jobs, and they want to work on an hourly basis, I respect that, however they shouldn’t be doing it in a precarious way where they get no sick pay, and they get no benefits.

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