“Medicine doesn’t cure my worries”: Understanding the drivers of mental distress of older Nepalese women living in the UK

Sah, L.K., Burgess, R. and Sah, R.K. (2018) “Medicine doesn’t cure my worries”: Understanding the drivers of mental distress of older Nepalese women living in the UK. Global Public Health. ISSN 1744-1692.

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The mental health of migrant communities is an important public health concern. A growing body of literature suggests that wider social determinants significantly contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of older migrants in their host countries. Despite the increasing population of Nepalese migrants in the UK, there is little research exploring the mental health needs of this community. This article explores older Nepalese women’s experiences of drivers of mental distress in London. Data was collected using in-depth interviews with 20 older Nepalese women living in the London Borough of Greenwich. Grounded thematic analysis of women’s narratives identified six overarching factors contributing to their emotional distress that pose significant risks to their mental health: absence of family, language barriers, housing problems, physical illness, lack of appropriate support, fears of death, and inadequate financial resources. In many cases, the impact of these factors was felt in combination rather than isolation, often influenced by cultural dynamics. Findings highlight that re-settlement in the absence of family is at the heart of emotional challenges for older Nepalese women. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for supporting processes of settlement to mitigate this risk among older Nepalese women in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Dr Rajeeb Kumar Sah
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 13:54
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 08:01
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17378

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