Applied Social Policy
Social exclusion along with poverty is prevalent in Ireland many counties statistics show that In 2012, 124.5 million people or 24.8percent of the population un the EU were at risk of social exclusion compared with 24.3 present in 2011 (Eurostat, 2013) Showing us that these numbers are increasing rapidly. According to Boundless, Social Exclusion can be defined as the processes through which individuals and entire communities of people are systematically blocked from rights, opportunities, and resources that are normally available to members of society and that are key to social integration. The topic of discussion that the writer will talk about throughout this essay is the relationship between social exclusion and health. Health is not just the outcome of biological or genetic processes but it is also influenced By the economic and social conditions in which we all live. These influences are Known as the ‘social determinants of health. Inequalities in social conditions give rise to unjust and unequal health outcomes for different social groups. Social determinants of health are the social conditions in which people live powerfully influence their chances to be healthy. Indeed factors such as food insecurity, poverty, discrimination social exclusion, poor housing, low occupational status and unhealthy early childhood conditions are very important determinants of most diseases, health and death inequalities within and between countries’ (World Health Organization, 2004) Mental health problems do not only affect individuals in question but also their family and friends. it is important that early support is provides to families to help to prevent children’s longer-term emotional and mental health problems. Early detection of mental health problems in parents, especially around the time of the birth and provision of support can also greatly help prevent their mental health...
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