In this Ted talk, epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson looks at the evidence linking social inequality and mental ill-health.
The impact of inequality on mental health and our social relationships
As a school leader, it is well worth considering how inequalities are either reinforced or reduced, within your school and what more can be done to reduce the harm caused by inequalities.
As Richard Wilkinson says:
'Studies of happiness and wellbeing and health show that one of the most important determinants is the quality of our social relationships, our social environment, our friendships and that is where inequality does its the greatest damage....What we have to do is reduce the levels of inequality in society that divide us from each other. Inequality is, in a sense, the enemy between us'.