Mental disorder is legally defined as, "mental illness, arrested or incomplete development of mind, psychopathic disorder and any other disorder or disability of mind," (Turner N. 1996) " Guide to the mental health act
In the 2002 32 million prescriptions were dispersed at the cost of 540 Million pounds. (Links from www.mentalhealth.org.uk, Office of Depty. Prime Minister 2003)
The community chosen has an ethnically mixed population with predominantly low levels of income, education (both in adults & children), employment, poor housing conditions and high crime rates. Communities with a poor socio -economic backgrounds are deemed as having a high risk for common mental illnesses low levels of education/employment, poor health /nutrition. Common mental illnesses are shown to be limiting (to half the mentally ill) and even disabling (Psychiatric morbidity survey, 1993). The slow recovery rates found in such conditions prolonged mental illness and increase the economic burden to society . It has also been found that people from ethnic minority groups are "six times more likely," to be detained under Britain's Mental Health Act when compared to the ethnic majority. The given community has a large proportion of people with Chinese origin who are as found by Sheffield Trust, reluctant to avail of mainstream services and are poor in English communication (Office of Depty. Prime Minister, 2003)
Interestingly however, studies conducted in Britain on the effect of neighbourhood conditions on mental illnesses did not find a significant correlation between the two. ...