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2.6: Supporting Vulnerable Groups in Society

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  • At the level of social and environmental determinants, key predictors of – and also consequences of – mental ill-health include lack of access to basic amenities and services, social exclusion, discrimination and exposure to violence, conflict or disasters. State-wide policy instruments that can address these failings and contribute towards social equality, inclusion and security include: anti-discrimination laws and campaigns; social protection for the poor; and elaboration of peaceful relations within and across national or ethnic boundaries.