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Relationship of social and economic factors to mental disorders among population-based samples of Jamaicans and Guyanese
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    RE: Relationship of social and economic factors to mental disorders among population-based samples of Jamaicans and Guyanese
    • Sheriffa K McPhee, Nursing Student University of The Bahamas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Terry J Campbell, Lecturer

    Dear Editor,
    I wish to present my perspective concerning the relationship between social and economic factors to mental disorders among Jamaicans and Guyanese populations. Over recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in mental disorders, specifically depression, in the low-to-middle nations such as Jamaica and Guyana. This is a fundamental topic that needs crucial attention since, with regards to the article, “Relationship of social and economic factors to mental disorders among Jamaicans and Guyanese” Lacey et al, (2016), authors have affirmed that an individual socio-economic status is a fundamental determinant of individual mental health. Over the years, many individuals in Jamaica and Guyanese just like the article has affirmed are plagued mental health problems resulting from substance abuse.
    Perhaps the most vital information is that the authors have not indicated the possible sources of these problems, the primary source of mental health problems in these nations will be the socio-economic factors. The social environment helps individuals understand different sources of mental issues among Jamaica and the Guyanese population (Lacey et al 2016). For instance, individuals who have negative personal association and less social possessions tend to have adverse health outcomes. The negative personal relationships do not provide a foundation of coping to any individual suffering from stress, adverse events of life, and life's daily hustle.

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