In all countries, women make up the majority of people living in poverty. The work women do is underpaid and undervalued. Over one-third of the world's households depend entirely on women for income. While women perform 66% of the world's work, they earn ony 10% of the world's income and own 1% of its property. People living in poverty lack fundamental freedoms of action and choice, sufficient food and shelter, education, and health. Because of their situation, they face ill-treatment by institutions of the state and society and have no power to affect key decisions that impact their lives. It is no surprise that this negatively impacts one's mental health. Many studies have shown a correlation between poverty and the risk of mental disorders.
Factors such as the experience of financial insecurity and hopelessness, rapid social change, and the risks of violence and physical ill-health can explain why the poor are more vulnerable to common mental disorders.