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Welfare and well-being: towards mental health-promoting welfare systems

  • Steven L. Senior (a1), Woody Caan (a2) and Mark Gamsu (a3)

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By protecting vulnerable people from poverty and debt, welfare systems can be powerful tools for promoting mental health. However, the details of how welfare systems are implemented determine whether they also cause harm. Here, we review evidence and principles that might guide the development of mental health-promoting welfare systems.

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Correspondence: Steven Senior. Email: steven.senior@manchester.ac.uk

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Declaration of interest: None.

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Welfare and well-being: towards mental health-promoting welfare systems

  • Steven L. Senior (a1), Woody Caan (a2) and Mark Gamsu (a3)

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Welfare and well-being: towards mental health-promoting welfare systems

  • Steven L. Senior (a1), Woody Caan (a2) and Mark Gamsu (a3)
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