Social factors and specific mental health issues

by Aaron McMeekin and reviewed by Pranveer Singh

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this module you should be able to:


define social psychiatry and the complexities associated with this


  • give an overview of the main sociological perspectives in psychiatry


  • explain how societies’ perception of mental disorder has changed over time


  • describe how societies’ attitudes to mental disorder can lead to stigmatisation and social consequences


  • describe how life events are linked with depression


  • list the social vulnerability factors for depression, schizophrenia and substance misuse and how these may be protected against


  • describe the social factors that could reduce substance misuse.


Module introduction

In this module we will examine the role of social factors in relation to mental health issues.


We will explore how society and social psychiatry has contributed towards, developed and disputed major mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and substance misuse.


As psychiatrists, one of the main models we adhere to is a bio-psycho-social approach and it is therefore important to ensure that social aspects are adequately explored and covered.


Learning notes

We recommend that you make some notes as you work through this module.


The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page), and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for future reference. However, you will not be able to print these notes as one single document.


If you would prefer to make your notes in a separate document you may wish to download the 'learning notes' below. This downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a personalised record of your learning, which you can then save and/or print for future reference.


Download the learning notes document for this module


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