Poverty is a major public health issue and must be treated with urgency. Growing up or living in poverty can have devastating consequences for individuals and communities, affecting education, health, social mobility, child development and life expectancy.
Most significantly, poverty can increase the risk of suicide. A centralised strategy for poverty which promotes cross-governmental and cross sectoral involvement is imperative for such a major public health issue.
This report from The Samaritans calls for a strategy which mitigates the impact of poverty on individuals and communities and sits alongside economic strategies.
We must increase the understanding of the vital link between emotional wellbeing and community; investing in this link can reduce human, social and economic costs.