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Disability Studies
DST 500
Jijian Voronka

Wk. 1 – Readings – Notes and Questions Jan 14, 2013 “Poverty Reduction A Necessary Component of the Federal Government’s Mental Health Strategy for Canadians” CMHA - High proportion of those with mental illnesses are also unemployed and underemployed - High correlation of poverty and poor mental health - Canada spends over 14 billion dollars per year on mental health care - Income support and other measures to prevent and reduce poverty can play several roles with regard to mental illness and mental health - Labor market initiatives - Often encounter difficulty securing adequate education and employment and face undue discrimination and stigma in these domains due to their mental health status, as well as society’s misconceptions of mental illness - Often cannot earn adequate income in the labor mart and must rely on income support programs - Income supported programs o Partially funded through the Canada Social Transfer o Should initiate and operate a basic income program o This would remove persons with disabilities from provincial social assistance programs - Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention o Income has been identified as a key determinant of health o Important for government to improve delivery and sustainability of income support programs o Important to initiate policies that promote wellness and positive mental health - Housing crisis o There is a general crisis, however it is intensified for people with mental illnesses because of their vulnerability and limited financial resources 1. Is this reading using an individual or structural perspective? How do you know? a. Their vision – “mentally healthy people in a healthy society” – promotes both individual and collective health and public accountability 2. Why is income equity a major issue for those with mental health diagnoses? - Poverty reduction as a tactic in a national mental health strategy o Socio-economic status and especially income is an important determinant when it comes to mental health problems – income support programs is a key preventive measure o Large number of persons with disabilities live in poverty or near poverty, partially because of the costs of their disability, etc. – providing adequate income is an important rehabilitative measure o Discrimination in the workplace - Poverty is both a cause and result of mental illness Beresford, B. (2000) What Have Madness And Psychiatric Survivors Got To Do With Disability And Disability Studies? Disability and Society. 15(1), 167-172. - There is a lack of agreement on the connection between the psychiatric survivor community and the disability community o Some key texts pay no attention to survivors and their organizations o Other include them, but in a conf
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