What are the key drivers of mental illness?  Is mental distress a medical problem, treatable by medication by a prescribing doctor?  Is it a normal reaction to troubling economic times?  Should we try to treat people, or the society within which they live?  Craig Harper tries to unpack some of these issues, arguing that the social darwinist environment that has been bought about by neoliberal capitalism contributes to the development and maintenance of mental ill health.  He also argues that Western governments can, and should, do more to address this issue.

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