As an activist organisation, Mind Yourself regularly campaigns and lobbies on issues which affect the lives of Irish people in London. As such, we commission and promote specialist and relevant research in an on-going capacity. There is a body of research dating back over 30 years which highlights the poorer mental and physical health of Irish people in London and the UK. Here is a list of research into this subject area; however, a quick internet and academic search will probably yield more current results.

  • Irish people in the UK report poorer health and more limiting conditions than the White British population in all age groups except women over 65 years [Census 2011]
  • The Irish community in the UK is the community which provides the largest amount of unpaid care to family members [Census 2011]
  • New migrants to London [less than 18 months] and older people have lower than European norms of social support [Federation of Irish Societies and London Irish Centre 2012]
  • Irish men and women smoke and misuse alcohol significantly more than the general population [Department of Health 1999 and 2004]
  • Carr et al (2010) found the prevalence of psychological conditions among a sample of Irish adult survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse to be over 80%, with anxiety, mood and substance use disorders being the most prevalent conditions.
  • Travellers are over twice as likely as other minority communities be depressed, and almost three times as likely to suffer from anxiety [Parry 2004]
  • Women in Islington have the highest rate of diagnosis for anxiety and depression [Islington Council Briefing Paper 2013]
  • In Camden Irish men have the highest rate of suicide, and Irish women are underrepresented in early intervention mental health services with a large increase in crisis services. [CANDI 2015]
  • Health inequalities are transferred to second and third generation Irish people [Clucas 2009]


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