Conference 2019 – Poverty, Pathology and Pills
Day 1 – Session 2

The DeSTRESS Project

Day 1 - Session 2

Introduction to the project

Felicity Thomas, DeSTRESS Project Director
University of Exeter

DeStress is a 2.5 year project concerned with understanding the impact of austerity and welfare reforms on mental wellbeing in low income communities. Particular focus has been placed on understanding how antidepressants and talking therapies are being used and what this means for the mental wellbeing of low income patients. The project also examines the challenges facing GPs working with low income patients, and has identified what good practice in supporting patients experiencing poverty-related distress may look like. This session provides an overview of DeStress and our core project findings.

Project methodology

Katrina Wyatt, Lorraine Hansford, Rose McCabe, University of Exeter
Hilary Richardson & Jenna Finch, DeSTRESS Advisory Board

Project findings

Felicity Thomas & Rose McCabe, University of Exeter
Helping Hands Group, Teignmouth

Destress community partners

Mums views on seeking mental support