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Mental health and its social determinants: Some experiences of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India 

Mental health and its social determinants: Some experiences of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India
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Mental health and its social determinants: Some experiences of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India
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Mirai Chatterjee

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10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0048
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date: 24 September 2021

Women show higher rates of many psychiatric disorders. They also look after ill family members, adding to their distress and stress. They are more likely to face poor social conditions such as overcrowding poverty and insecure employment. The Self Employed Women’s’ Association was established nearly 50 years ago. It supports and empowers women and this chapters draws some observations that may help others in low- and middle-income countries. The chapter illustrates a need for major changes in mental health policy and implementation, especially in relation to health care in primary care settings with appropriate access to referral services. Integration of public health and primary care is a possible option. Policymakers and legislators in India and other emerging countries need to work with civil society and localpeople to develop and deliver ways in which social determinants of mental health can be addressed, and with peopleat the centre of all efforts.

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