Social Determinants of Mental Health Webinar Materials Available


On January 14, 2016, the Diversity Interest Group presented the third webinar in a series, The Social Determinants of Mental Health.

The presentation focused on the social determinants of mental health and mental illnesses; those factors stemming from where we grow, live, work, learn, and age that impact our overall mental health and well-being, and those factors that contribute to mental illnesses. Although there has been considerable recent focus on the social determinants of physical health, there has been surprisingly little emphasis on the social determinants of mental health. Special consideration was given to the social determinants of mental health, as they are largely neglected with regard to their role in causing and worsening mental illnesses. These underlying causes of mental illnesses are modifiable precursors to behavioral risk factors and are largely responsible for social injustice and mental health inequities. Dr. Shim provided an overview of important concepts and presented evidence that supports the existence of these determinants. She will also discuss research, policy, and practice-based solutions.

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH is Vice Chair, Education and Faculty Development and Chief of Outpatient Services, Department of Psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine.

A copy of the slide deck and the webinar recording are available from these links. Please note that a technical problem in taping has caused the recording to begin at Slide 7. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For those interested in purchasing a copy of The Social Determinants of Mental Health, a text referenced during the webinar, please use the links below. Dr. Shim disclosed that she received royalties from the sale of this text.

Members of the American Psychiatric Association can purchase the book at a discounted rate at

This link is to an article related to social determinants shared by Dr. Shim and published by PubMed for further reading.