The Goverment has for a long time recognised that social exclusion has a big impact on a person's mental health. The reasons are varied, and will be different for each person. What is clear is that the more a person feels excluded, the more likely they are to experience a mental health problem.
This is particularly relevant for deaf people. Many feel marginalised and excluded from hearing society. This often leads to a person withdrawing and feeling depressed.
The Government's Social Exclusion Unit did an important study which looked at the affect of social exclusion on mental health. The report demonstrates the importance of working to prevent this exclusion. If someone can be 'included' rather than 'excluded' there is less chance they will develop a mental health problem.
Mental Health and Social Exclusion - summary
stored locally as Government site has a problem]
Mental Health and Social Exclusion - full report
[stored locally as Government site has a problem]
Action on mental health - promoting social inclusion - full report (contains 'best practice' and practical advice for people developing services)