Canadian Primary Health Care: Mental Illness and Poverty Introduction Craig (1) focuses on social justice and contends that policy and initiatives are essential in relation to such issues as stigma, poverty, and housing. She also contends that poverty is both a cause and result of mental illness and increases the risk of developing mental illness. The risk of mental illness can be reduced through the preventative effect of ensuring healthy children and families. There are several points on which I disagree with the statements made by Craig. The main questions concern the etiology and distribution of mental illness as well as the need for a balanced view of the social determinants of health. However, the crucial issue with mental illness is...The end:
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